Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
3710 Rawlins Street Ste 975, Dallas TX 75219 - 214.303.0142 - Email
Carol A. Wilson, Attorney At Law, Board Certified in Family Law
“Efficient, cost effective, straightforward, advocacy for the best possible outcome, given the client’s facts and the law.”
Family issues can bring out the best and worst in people. Tugs of war can develop over the most mundane things, rationality goes out the window and clients can easily lose sight of their overall goals. In these circumstances a caring and compassionate attorney provides steady guidance to insure that decisions are made that are in the client’s best interest. Treating others as she would want to be treated under similar circumstances is Carol’s goal in working with clients.
While she works to educate clients about their rights under the law, she doesn’t exaggerate the ability of the legal system to solve all client problems. She advises clients on the likelihood of success in achieving their goals, based on the client’s evidence and the law. Carol prepares her cases to be ready for contested hearings and final trial, when necessary. However, she recognizes that, for families, numerous court hearings and final trial are costly, both emotionally and financially.
Mediation, a formal settlement process with a certified family law mediator, is required by our Courts in most cases and is often a beneficial and cost-effective tool for the final resolution of many cases. After a divorce, for instance, parents are still going retain their role as parents of their children. Creating a solution acceptable to all can be wiser than a bitter court battle.
Because Carol has been a Family Law Specialist for more than 25 years and practiced law for more than 30 years, she can handle all types of family law issues. She and her staff have the expertise to give personal attention to each client’s specific needs whether resolving a simple issue or extremely complex cases. When necessary, she utilizes a network of experts including certified public accountants, investigators, mortgage brokers, real estate appraisers and lawyers specializing in other areas of the law.
Carol grew up in the college town of Greenville, Illinois where her father taught at Greenville College. After earning her BS degree in history, cum laude, in 1981, she worked for a United States Senator and, later, as a law clerk in Illinois, Houston and Dallas. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1985. She continued her career in Dallas, working for several large law firms, and established her own office on November 1, 1995.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization describes attorneys who attain this certification as attorneys of “excellence and distinguishing accomplishment”. Of the 97,000 attorneys in Texas only about 900 have earned certification in one of 22 specialties. Carol has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992. She has been awarded the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell since 1999 and has been named one of Texas’ Super Lawyers seven times, most recently in 2016.
Professionally, she is a member of the Dallas Bar and American Bar Associations and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2016. She has held several offices, including that of President of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and served on the Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. She is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, was elected to the Annette Stewart Inns of Court and currently serves on the Family Law Section Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association.
Carol especially enjoys speaking and has appeared frequently on radio and television programs. She developed and taught a course – “What Women Need to Know About Divorce”- for several years at Brookhaven Community College. She has authored articles in professional journals on everything from horses in family law; the use of social media and electronic evidence in cases; and fiduciary duties; to the difference between community and separate property. She has also spoken on these topics for the benefit of others seeking continuing education credit in their respective professions such as attorneys, accountants, bankers and insurance agents who are required to complete such courses to maintain their licenses.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Carol’s husband and two children enhance her perspective on family life and her empathy for clients who are experiencing difficulties in their own families. Her concern for others is evidenced in her participation in many community activities, focusing particularly on children’s issues and music. She has served on her local school board, the Dallas Women’s Foundation Board of Directors, Attorneys Serving the Community, Tex Protects and Women’s Issues Network. The Commissioners Court of Kaufman County appointed her as President of the Kaufman County Child Welfare Board. Carol has participated in the handbell and sanctuary choirs at her local church for more than 20 years.