Carole Callaghan is not your typical lawyer.
Carole has an undergraduate degree in Physics, a Masters of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate. She graduated in the top 10% of her law school class while working part time, getting married and having her first child. But, Carole strongly believes that good lawyers never stop learning. That’s why she is a member of the Texas Bar College, an organization devoted to continuing legal education, and Wealth Counsel, a national organizations of estate planning scholars dedicated to providing support and resources to it’s members.
After law school, Carole served as a Briefing Attorney with the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest court in the state of Texas. In her following five years as an Assistant Attorney General, Carole successfully briefed and argued several cases before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She also defended numerous criminal convictions, including the 1995 conviction of Yolanda Saldivar for the infamous murder of Latina superstar, Selena.
In 2011, Carole opened her own firm so she could focus on her passion. She enjoys helping her clients prepare for-and transition through-life changes. Carole focuses on drafting quality wills, trusts, and other estate documents for her clients. And she provides options that fit almost any budget. In 2016, Carole developed an online platform that allows clients to have their wills and other important estate documents drafted at a fraction of the cost of most estate plans. And she still drafts the wills herself, so you get her expertise, but without time-consuming and expensive office visits. You can complete the questionnaire online (Carole recommends doing it in your PJs…it’s just more fun that way). But if your estate is more complicated, come on in! Carole offers standard and complex estate planning options where she meets with you in person. Carole also handles probate and guardianship matters in Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties.
While Carole focuses on estate planning and probate, her experience has made her knowledgeable in several fields of law. Texas Legal Digest featured an article with commentary from Carole about a Fifth Circuit opinion directly affecting governmental immunity in the public school setting. And Carole regularly presents on estate planning and probate issues for local and state-wide professional organizations, including the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Attorney General’s office.
Carole’s education and experience make her an excellent representative for each of her clients. However, her passion is her family: Kelvin, Emily, and David (and her dogs JJ and Zeke!). It was this passion that led her to start Carole Callaghan Law. Because Carole believes so strongly in making sure families of all sorts are prepare for whatever life throws at them, she focuses her practice on helping her clients as they experience life’s changes. Whether it’s a joyous occasion, such as a wedding, civil union or the addition of a child (or pet!) to the family, or a more difficult situation such as divorce or the loss of a loved one, Carole helps her clients with wisdom, compassion and empathy.
Carole is also devoted to her community. She is the President of the Spicewood Elementary PTA, and she regularly serves on various Round Rock ISD citizens’ committees. She has also mentored students through Round Rock ISD’s STARS mentoring program, and served as a speaker at multiple career days for schools in RRISD. In 2013, she was honored to be selected as a member of the Leadership RRISD Class of 2014. Carole also pledges her time and legal expertise by serving as an attorney ad litem, appointed by the Travis County Probate Court, in probate and guardianship cases. And finally, Carole supports local and national charities through her participation in various events and fundraisers. She is an active member of Black Fret, an organization dedicated to supporting local musicians through grant opportunities, and she also loves to bike in the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, a hill country ride that supports central Texas breast cancer charities. Carole and her husband, Kelvin, have also established a Donor Advised Fund so that they can regularly make charitable contributions to other organizations.
When you work with Carole, you get it all. Smart. Experienced. Caring. That’s what sets Carole Callaghan apart from other lawyers.