Terry Garrett advises people in Central Texas who are preparing for and enjoying the retirement years and people with special needs and their families. Her clients range from couples who are just starting out and people who want to stay in charge during retirement to families with multinational businesses. Having worked and studied in Asia for many years, she also enjoys advising on transnational planning.
Education and Professional Activities
Terry Garrett graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean's List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship. She attended the Harvard Law School Negotiation Program and earned every certificate offered by the New York Institute of Finance.
She is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Academy of Special Needs Planners.
She is an Approved Guardianship Attorney and is appointed by the court in heirship proceedings..
Ms. Garrett enjoys speaking to groups of people organizing and re-organizing their businesses; to people contemplating retirement; and to parents of children with special needs. Among her favorite topics are "Stay in Charge," "Moneysmart for Older Adults," developed by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and "The Elephant in the Room: Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care."
She handles pro bono cases in Central Texas for Volunteer Legal Services, the Austin Bar Association and the Women's Resource Fair. Mother of a child with special needs, she also teaches for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Over the years she has volunteered for the Council on Adoptable Children, the AFS foreign exchange student program, Cornell Cares, Hands on Housing and as an officer of the Harmony PTO.
In her free time she enjoys studying dance and taking long walks in beautiful Central Texas.