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Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC
About Attorney Carol A. Wilson
Attorney Carol Wilson believes that quality legal representation means using the Golden Rule with clients: treat your clients as you would want to be treated. Years ago she met Stanley Marcus and he told her to ‘Practice the Golden Rule – there is none better!” She has taken this advice to heart and uses it with every client considering that client’s facts and Texas law.
Carol recognizes that her clients are going through difficult times – issues causing divorce, and disputes involving child custody and child support are inherently emotionally charged and stressful for those living through them and for their families. She advocates for her client’s and the children’s best interests while minimizing the disruptions that can occur during these stressful situations.
In times of family turmoil, Attorney Carol Wilson provides expertise, focus and compassion to guide her clients in the right direction. Carol specializes in family law and works to achieve the best outcome for her clients and their children given that client’s facts and applicable Texas law. For over 30 years, she has litigated and tried complex divorce, property division and child custody cases.
Attorney Carol Wilson is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been since 1992 according to the website of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, this is a special certification that fewer than 1% of attorneys in Texas can claim. Board Certification in Family Law requires significant family law experience, passage of a special bar exam over family law issues and once achieved requires double the amount of continuing education on a yearly basis regarding issues of family law. Carol Wilson has also received several awards for her expertise and ability as evidenced by being the recipient of several awards which involved peer review including: Top 50 Women in Texas Super Lawyers Award, Top 100 DFW Super Lawyers and for the 6th consecutive year and the 8th time overall has received the Super Lawyers Award by Thomson Reuters for 2017. Carol has been recognized by D Magazine as 2018 Best Lawyers in Dallas. Carol has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1999.
If you need to consult with a Family Law attorney, you can contact us at 214-303-0142, or contact us online.
Attorney Carol Wilson’s Approach
Attorney Carol Wilson believes that quality legal representation means using the Golden Rule with clients: treat your clients as you would want to be treated.
She advocates tirelessly for her client’s and the children’s best interests and strives to minimize the disruptions that can occur in inherently emotionally charged situations. With over 30 years of experience, Carol knows that moving the case forward toward a thorough resolution is usually best for her clients. Virtually all cases in North Texas will go to Mediation before a final trial is necessary. Carol has learned to use Mediation to achieve positive outcomes for her clients. Mediation is more productive as it allows the parties to choose the outcome they are willing to live with as opposed to a judge imposed decision, and is usually less time, money and emotionally costly. However, if mediation does not work, Carol is a highly skilled trial lawyer and has been recognized by her peers for her expertise and ability to deliver results. She believes that part of her job is to educate clients regarding the law and what it rightfully provides with their facts, as well as to help them avoid the problems common in emotionally stressful circumstances.
Carol’s vast network includes forensic certified public accountants, specialists in other legal fields who can be called upon when Carol’s client’s facts involve a distinct area of the law, mortgage brokers, real estate experts and business assessors who can be used as needed to bring a case to successful conclusion.
Carol knows that the legal system cannot solve all of her client’s problems and takes care to advise them of the likelihood of achieving their goals based on their evidence and the relevant law. She connects them with experts that can assist them in finding solutions to non-legal issues they may have.
Above all Carol believes in responding to her clients;
- Promptly and with care
- Advocating the client’s interests
- Emphasizing the child’s best interest
- With common sense as well as legal knowledge
- With cost effective solutions
PATRICIA A. ROSGA, CLA, CP (National Association of Legal Assistants)
Patricia A. Rosga, paralegal, has worked at the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson since March 2004. Patricia graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Psychology, cum laude and earned her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Paralegal Studies, with a GPA of 4.0 from El Centro College. She subsequently successfully completed a 3 day course and successfully completed examinations from the National Association of Legal Assistants in five areas of law given which entitles her to use the designation Certified Legal Assistant or Certified Paralegal.
ANITA G. WILLIAMS
Anita G. Williams is a legal assistant who has worked for the Law Office of Carol Wilson since December 2015. Prior to coming to work for Ms. Wilson, Anita has worked in the legal field since 1992 and has worked as a family law clerk with the Dallas County District Clerk’s Office, two family law attorneys, as well as her family’s private process serving business.
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Carol has been a guest speaker two years in a row to my mentee group of high school students from the DISD Law Magnet. She was one of the students' absolute favorites after a presentation in which she made complex issues of family and Constitutional law accessible and relevant. I routinely refer family law cases and questions to Carol.
Patty Nolan, Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator in complex civil litigation
Family Law Services
Few situations in life are as traumatic, painful and disruptive as a divorce. And even though each divorce has its own set of unique circumstances, disputes involving children or high net worth assets are inherently emotionally charged and stressful for those living through them and for their families.
At the Law of Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC, we understand that tensions run high and are aware of the difficulties and complications that arise during these emotional times. As a result, we support and work through these emotionally charged situations alongside you to maintain focus on your best interests and to achieve the best possible solution for you.
Above all, we believe that quality legal representation means using the Golden Rule with every client: Treat your clients as you would want to be treated if you had that client’s facts. Further, we will handle your divorce case in the most non-intrusive manner possible while providing recommendations that are in your best interest. We will consult with you to discuss your legal rights and options and to review issues that may apply to you, such as:
Child Custody and Visitation – We can help protect your parental rights and parenting time with your children. ;
Asset Valuation – We can help you to identify and value the assets which can include businesses, real estate, pensions, art and other personal belongings
Property Division – We can assist you to identify community vs separate property and help you to achieve a fair and equitable division of the community l property while taking into consideration the assets that are most important to you.
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Each divorce has its own unique set of circumstances, call us to schedule a consultation to learn about your options and to obtain experienced legal advice from a skilled divorce attorney on how to proceed. Call us 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
One of the most important issues to resolve during a divorce is the division of property between both spouses. Before the court can divide the community property in a divorce the Court must determine whether the property owned at the time of the divorce is community property or separate property. A person who has owned property before they got married or received assets as gifts, inheritance or the personal injury portion of a personal injury recovery during the marriage have separate property which must be identified, proved and protected
It is common for spouses to fundamentally disagree over the value of an asset or who is entitled to what. We regularly deal with complex property division and work closely with experts such as forensic accountants and business valuation experts to maximize our client’s position. Since 1986, Carol has represented clients with complex property issues such as:
- Pension plans and retirement accounts
- Stock options and restricted stocks
- Business valuation matters
- Oil and gas royalties and working interests
- Farm and ranch property and asset, including livestock and equipment
- Characterizing assets
- Marriage debt
- Real property
- Deferred compensation plans
- Intellectual property
- Treatment of trusts in divorce
- Tracing hidden or undeclared assets
- Wasting of community assets
- Reimbursement for the use of one estate to benefit another
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It is critical to achieve accuracy in the estimation of assets in order to avoid a costly mistake down the road. If you have any questions regarding retirement accounts, stock options or pension plans, call us to schedule a consultation at 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
Asset and Wealth Identification and Valuation
After accumulating a lifetime of assets during your marriage, taking an inventory of what you own and how much it is worth can be an intimidating task. With more than 30 years of experience, Carol guides you through the process of identifying, valuing and dividing community property to secure your fair share of the marital property and to retain your separate property.
We first begin the identification and valuation process by securing a sworn inventory of all assets and liabilities. The next step is value the property and assets. As needed, we consult with appraisers to value such assets as real estate or art or use an expert in business valuation is the business owned by the community.
We also understand that certain assets may hold sentimental value far greater than monetary value and we work to retain those assets for you during our strategy sessions.
Because income from separate property is community income, there may need to be tracing of the income the separate property created. If there was retirement earned both before and during marriage identifying the value of each portion is required. Separate property must be proved by a higher than normal burden of proof. But once separate property is proved, no court can take it away from the original owner in the divorce.
A passion of Carol’s is tracing – whether it be tracing the history of an item or uncovering hidden or undeclared assets or identifying the wasting of community assets. She is experienced, methodical, and detail-oriented.
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We will help identify the documentation, experts and strategy needed to maximize the division of property, and liabilities in the manner that is best for you considering all of your individual facts and the applicable Texas law. If you would like to learn about effective strategies to retain assets or have a question on identifying and valuing property, please call us to schedule a consultation at 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
Premarital and Post Marital Agreements
Times have definitely changed. We are seeing trends more couples opting to have a premarital agreement before walking down the aisle.
The pre-marital agreement (or pre-nuptial agreement) occurs before the wedding while the post-marital agreement takes place after the wedding.
Other than timing, the biggest difference between the two agreements is that there is a fiduciary duty between the spouses already married. A fiduciary duty is the duty to treat your spouse with honesty, full disclosure, and in the manner you would want to be treated if the circumstances were reversed. There is no fiduciary duty between people about to marry, unless other facts create a fiduciary duty.
We have over 30 years of experience both creating pre and post marital agreements and challenging them in the courtroom. That experience helps us tailoring each agreement to the circumstances of our client and assessing a client’s situation to determine if a -marital agreement is the best course of action.
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Child Custody and Visitation
Carol’s compassion and ability to provide sound legal advice while being the voice of reason during emotionally charged situations, such as child custody disputes, is invaluable. These skills are critical in this contentious area of family law. Both parents truly want what is best for their children, but at times the negative emotions interfere with the parents’ ability to resolve the issues at hand. We have over 30 years representing clients in court hearings, at final trial before a judge or a judge and jury or during mediation negotiations to resolve their family law issues. Our overall goal is to keep the children out of litigation in order even when the biggest controversies may be about the children, to minimize stress and strife during the child custody dispute process and while advocating for our client and their family’s best interests within Texas law.
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We can help you understand your options, recommend the best course of action and outline the process ahead of you. If you would like to learn more about child custody and visitation, please call us to schedule a consultation at 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
Determining how much a parent should pay for the support of his or her child is an area of family law that can be as simple as an algebra equation or complicated when the person paying support does not have regular salary employment. We recognize that not receiving child support when it has been ordered or not being able to pay child support are both stressful. At the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, we understand Texas Law regarding child support and work efficiently and productively to achieve the solution that is in the best interest of our client and their children.
While the court will order child support, or specifically state why it is not being ordered, child support comes in two forms: 1-money paid monthly and 2-health insurance for the child. The Texas statute provides an equation to calculate child support from all sources such as income, federal taxes, social security, Medicaid, Medicare, the cost of the child’s health insurance premiums and the total number of children a parent has. The court is most likely to order support in an amount determined by the statute. Nevertheless, the amount the court orders can vary, particularly if the person paying earns more than the guideline cap on child support if a parent is intentionally under employed or unemployed and many other factors.
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We will advocate for the best outcome in the interest of your child. If you would like to learn more about child support, please call us to schedule a consultation at 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
At the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, we are well-versed on the need to use DNA testing to establish or disprove paternity. Science now allows us to determine paternity which has far reaching impact on child support, visitation or a parent’s right to a child. Whether you are a father who has been denied his parental rights or a mother who has been unable to collect child support, the results of these tests are fundamental to your case.
There are factors to take into account in addition to DNA test results which can effect either parent’s life significantly. We have over 30 years of experience advocating for paternity on behalf of women and men and will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for your situation.
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Termination of Parental Rights
It is important to know that before you decide to adopt a child, there must be identification of paternity then termination of the rights of both parents, unless it is a step-parent adoption.
A voluntary termination requires an affidavit of relinquishment and a court termination order signed by the parent terminating their legal rights is necessary before an adoption can occur.
If involuntary termination is necessary a case can be filed. There is a long statutory list of possible grounds a parent’s rights can be terminated. Nevertheless, involuntary termination is very difficult to accomplish. As it should be. Our United States Supreme Court has held that a parent’s rights are important and taking those rights away or limited those rights should be difficult and rare.
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If you would like to learn more about terminating parental rights, please call us to schedule a consultation at 214-303-0142 or contact us online.
Making the decision to adopt is one of the most joyous occasions in a person’s life. The legal process of adoption is fairly straightforward once termination of parental rights has occurred. However, there are legal complex issues that can arise during the process but prior to the adoption for many couples such as:
- What if the biological parents want to meet their child later in life?
- What if the biological or surrogate parents have second thoughts?
At the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, we support our clients at each step and work through the process diligently with our clients to meet their needs.
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WHAT IS MEDIATION?
It is a method for resolving family law disputes in a non-antagonistic manner in order to achieve a settlement of the case. These meetings take place outside of the courtroom, each party is in a separate conference room with their lawyer and negotiations are facilitated by an impartial, experienced family law professional, who will encourage the parties to find ways to solve their issues and reach a settlement of the case.
Most North Texas courts require mediation in virtually every case before the case goes to trial. The mediation process assists lawyers and clients to concentrate in a relatively short period of time to resolve the case. This solves the problem of the opposing lawyer or client who will not respond to a settlement offer.
As a grandparent, it is important to note that there is a difference between grandparent access and grandparent custody. In general, grandparents can have access to their grandchildren. Also, they could be granted custody of their grandchildren. At the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, we have over 30 years of experience in helping grandparents with these family law issues. The most well-known case is the United States Supreme Court case, Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000). ). The Court held that a fit parent has the right to determine whether a grandparent has access to their grandchild and only in limited circumstances should anyone, even grandparents, be able to alter that. Texas case law and statutes have adapted to meet the requirements of Troxel since the ruling was issued by our United States Supreme Court.
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A Will gives you peace of mind and allows you to leave your affairs in order for your family’s benefit. If you pass away without a will Texas statutes determine who gets your assets without considering your wishes. The state can also decide how best to care for any minor children you leave behind if you fail to designate a guardian and both of the child’s parents are deceased.
A will is one of the most basic estate planning documents. A will may be the only document you need to direct the distribution of your property. If you already have a will, you should review your estate plan every couple of years, and after every major life change – such as marriage, divorce or the birth of a child or a major change in financial matters.
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Make an appointment today to discuss with attorney Wilson how best to discuss your goals for protecting your assets and your family. Contact us at 214-303-0142 or contact us online, to schedule a consultation for a Will preparation.
We’re honored to announce that Carol Wilson has been selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine.
On June 26, Carol led a Family Law CLE/CPE Event for attorneys and CPAs which was hosted by The Winkler Johnson Group at RBC’s Frisco Star office. Following the CLE/CPE Event, Lauren Johnson and Jim Winkler held a wonderful cocktail reception at the Cowboys Club. Pictured are Carol, Jim and Lauren. Jim and Lauren are highly experienced wealth management and financial planners.
Carol is a member of Attorneys Serving the Community and attended the ASC annual Luncheon on June 22, 2018 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel featuring guest speaker New York Times Best Seller author, Liz Murray. Pictured are the 2018 ASC Members.
Attorney Wilson attended the campaign reception for Judge Elect Sandra Jackson 302nd District Court Dallas County on June 14, 2018. Pictured are Attorney Wilson and Judge Elect Sandra Jackson.
On April 26, 2018, Carol attended D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas celebration held at City Place. Carol, who is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is pictured with Adam Seidel who is Board Certified in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Carol attended ASC’s Silent Auction Benefiting Rainbow Days charity on April 26, 2018.
Attorneys Carol Wilson (Family Law), Patty Nolan (Commercial Law) and Liz D’Aloia (Employment Law) were invited to speak to the Entrepreneurial Community at 1 Million Cups’s Frisco Chapter on April 25, 2018. They shared their expertise on how to protect personal assets, company trade secrets and best employment practices. Pictured left to right are: Liz D’Aloia, Patty Nolan and Carol Wilson.
On April 25th, Carol facilitated a Family Law and Ethics CLE Event at Briggs Freeman Sotheby International Realty’s Uptown office. Pictured are Carol Wilson and Beverly Pitchford. Beverly is a highly experienced and top selling realtor at Briggs Freeman.
Carol joins Karen Park and Tori Crowder in the Attorneys Serving the Community 5K Heart and Sole race on February 10, 2017 at White Rock Lake. Carol was a Sprinter Level Sponsor of the Event for the 3rd year in a row.
Her name is mentioned here: http://www.ascdallas.com/5k-heart-and-sole-fun-run-2018/
Carol Wilson was invited to the Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, L.L.P Christmas Party held on December 16, 2017. Pictured are the Honorable Carol M. Siebman, Judge County Court at Law 2, Grayson County, Texas and attorneys Elizabeth Siebman Forrest and Carol Wilson.
On December 14, 2017, Carol attended the Christmas Party at Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch and Ungerman, L.L.P. She is pictured with Managing Partner, Joel Crouch.
On December 4, 2017, Carol attended the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Christmas Party for the benefit of the residents of Juliette Fowler Assisted Living.
Attorney Carol Wilson facilitated a Family Law and Ethics CLE event at Bell Nunnally on December 5, 2017. Pictured are attorneys Jennifer Sibley and Carol Wilson.
On November 29, 2017, Carol Wilson was invited for the second consecutive year by Attorney Patty Nolan to speak on family law to the DISD Law Magnet students whom Patty mentors. Attorney Nolan has more than 30 years of complex commercial litigation experience. She has served as an arbitrator in more than 100 cases as a member of American Arbitration Association’s Rosters of Neutrals for large, complex commercial cases and employment disputes. Her arbitrations focus on contract, real estate, insurance and securities disputes. In addition, she has extensive experience with healthcare claims and serves on the AAA Healthcare Panel. She also serves as a mediator. Pictured right to left are Attorneys Patty Nolan and Carol Wilson.
On November 16, 2017 Carol attended the Dallas CASA Champion of Children 20th Award Dinner. Pictured left to right are Carol Wilson, Kathleen LaValle, Executive Director of Dallas CASA, and John and Dana Gibson, Composer in Residence of the Dallas Winds.
On November 11, 2017 Carol Wilson was the guest of Liz D’Aloia, President of HR Virtuoso, at the Jr. Players Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. Carol and Liz are pictured with their friends, Mona Gupta and Neena Wiora of Gupta and Wiora, P.C., and attorney Roseanne Messiano Mills.
On November 10, 2017 Carol attended the Annie’s List function where U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was guest speaker. Pictured below from left to right are: Attorney Carol Wilson, Francis Waters who has been Chair of the Mayor of the city of Dallas’s committee involving the confederate statues and Christin Green who is a students at Southwestern Christian College.
On November 9, 2017 Carol Wilson attended a reception for the re-election of Carol Donovan as Dallas County Democratic Party Chair. Pictured are (front row left to right) Carol Wilson, Carol Donovan, Dr. Hind Jarrah, Noor Jarrah, Becky Sykes. Back Row (left to right): Rosann Naim, Dr. Catalina Garcia
On November 8, 2017, Attorney Wilson attended a fundraising event at Javier’s for the 2018 re-election of Judge Cyndi Wheless, 417th District Court, Collin County, Texas. Pictured are Attorney Wilson and Judge Wheless.
On October 25, 2017 Carol Wilson attended a fundraising event for the re-election of Judge Dennise Garcia, 303rd District Court, Dallas County. Pictured are Judge Garcia and Attorney Carol Wilson.
On October 19, 2017, Carol attended a reception for the re-election of Kaufman District Attorney and former County Court At Law Judge, Erleigh Norville Wiley. Judge Wiley signed a copy of her book, “A Target On My Back” for Carol at the reception and informed her that she is described in an incident occurring while Carol was trying a jury trial before Judge Wiley on the morning an Assistant District Attorney was shot 1 block from the Kaufman County Courthouse. The book recounts the prosecutor’s true story of murders of County officials in Kaufman County and Judge Wiley’s life on a hit list which rocked Kaufman County and attracted national attention in early 2013. Carol Wilson, Family Law Attorney is pictured with Kaufman County District Attorney and Author, Erleigh Norville Wiley and Dennis Jones, County Court at Law Judge of Kaufman County chat at the Friends of the Re-election reception for Judge Wiley.
On October 11, 2017, Carol attended a fundraising event for the 2018 re-election of Judge Plumlee, District Court, Dallas County, Texas. Pictured are Judge Plumlee and Attorney Wilson.
On October 11, 2017, Carol Wilson was awarded the 2017 Spirit Award given by the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center for all of her hard work and determination coordinating the award program over the last 5 years. Attorney Carol Wilson is pictured with Othel Bursey Jr, Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator and Administrator
Impressively, Dallas Attorney Caro A. Wilson has been selected by Thomson Reuters for the 2017 Texas Super Lawyer award for the 6th consecutive year and 8th time overall, which is notable given that 5% or fewer attorneys in Texas receive this recognition per Super Lawyers website. This award is notable given that there are almost 90,000 eligible attorneys in Texas. The selection process involves peer nomination and evaluation and independent research by Super Lawyers organization in recognition of her distinguished work in Family Law.
We are pleased to announce that Dallas Attorney Carol A. Wilson has been named a Top 50 2017 Women Texas Super Lawyer award recipient for her outstanding legal work. Texas Super Lawyer awards are selected by Thompson Reuters and published in the September issue of Texas Monthly. The selection process for this exclusive award involves peer nomination and evaluation and independent research by Super Lawyers organization.
We are pleased to announce that Dallas Attorney Carol A. Wilson has been named a Top 100 2017 Texas Super Lawyer award recipient for her outstanding legal work. Texas Super Lawyer awards are selected by Thompson Reuters and published in the September issue of Texas Monthly. The selection process for this exclusive award involves peer nomination and evaluation and independent research by Super Lawyers organization.
As we all are aware, electronic communication can create problems for many people. Listen to Attorney Wilson’s radio interview on KLIF discussing the difficulties General Petraeus faced regarding electronic communication.