Carol A. Wilson

Carol A. Wilson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC
 | 3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 975
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-303-0142
Fax: 214-599-2149
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile
Carol believes in the Golden Rule; she treats her clients as she would want to be treated. Carol thoroughly prepares her client's case, brings in the expertise needed for each case, and works to achieve the best possible outcome for each client given that client's facts and the applicable law. Carol is a Family Law Specialist and practices family law exclusively. Carol graduated from SMU, J.D., 1985, and Greenville College, B.A., cum laude, 1981; became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1992; and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Primary office in Dallas.

About Carol Wilson

Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Texas Super Lawyer for 2003-2004 and 2012 through 2018, Texas Monthly, (Top 5% of Lawyers in Texas) D Magazine Best Lawyers 2018 Best Lawyers 2019, Texas Super Lawyer, 2013
  • Who's Who 2011, The Heritage Registry
  • Women to Watch, Today's Dallas Woman Magazine 1998
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated since 1999
  • Who's Who in America, 1998
  • Who's Who in American Executives, 2000

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 2017
  • Supreme Court of the United States Bar, 2016
  • Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Family Law Section, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, Member - 2008 -2011, 2014 -  present
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Immediate Past President - 1993, President - 1992, Vice-President - 1991, Treasurer - 1989-1990

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American National Bank Business Development Board, 2011
  • Dallas Women's Foundation, Board 2005- 2008, Endowment Fund-Raising Committee 2002, Corporate Fund Raising Committee 2003-2007, Advocacy Committee 2006, Grants Committee, 2008
  • Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive, Chair Kaufman County, 1998
  • Center for NonProfit Management, Corporate Counsel, 1995
  • Adventure Investment Club, Member 1994-1997, Secretary 1995-1996, 
  • Kaufman United Methodist Church, Sanctuary and Hand Bells Choirs1990 - present
  • Dallas Child Magazine Guest Editorial Board, 2000 - 2002
  • North Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, Secretary,  2005 - 2006
  • Dallas Network Partners 2004 - 2006
  • Women's Issues Network - 1999 - Secretary, Treasurer. Alumni
  • Attorneys Serving the Community  - 2011-present, Charity Selection Committee 2012, 2013, Meeting locations 2014, 2015, Speaker Selection Committee 2016
  • Scurry-Rosser Independent School District, School Board, 2011-2014
  • Tex Protects Public Policy Committee - 2011 - present
  • ABC Circle of Influence, 2010 - present
  • Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas, 1995-1999
  • Zonta Club of Dallas I, 1990-1995
  • Network Lunch Group, 1989-1998

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Before You Crunch the Numbers, Know the Difference Between Separate and Community Property", Dallas Bar Association - North Dallas Section, July 9,2010, Texas Society of CPA's, CPE Expo 2012, San Antonio, Houston  and Arlington, and various other locations, 2013
  • "Ethics in Family Law," Kaufman County Bar Association, September, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Brookhaven Community College, Second Saturday, "What Women Need to Know about Divorce", 1997- 1999, 1999
  • "Custody," National Business Institute, February 12, 1999
  • "Adoption Texas Style," Lorman, January 15, 1999
  • "Adoption Law in Texas," National Business Institute, April 15, 1998
  • "Depositions," Lorman, December 4, 1998
  • "Psychological issues in Family Law," North Dallas Friday Clinic, Dallas Bar Association, September 12, 1997
  • "Property Division in Texas," Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, June 25, 1997
  • "Equitable Distribution in Texas' and "Ethics Considerations in Divorce," National Business Institute, May 22, 1997
  • "Changes in the Family Code, 1995, Dallas Bar Association, November 13, 1995
  • "What a CPA Ought to Know About Texas Family Law", North Dallas CPA Network, July, 1995
  • "Parenthood: Establishment, Adoption, Termination", State Bar of Texas Legal Assistants Division, Advanced Family Law Seminar, February 24, 1995
  • American Business Women's Association, October, 1994
  • "Pillow Talk Negotiations a/k/a Marital Agreements" Dallas Bar Association, Friday Clinic, Belo, July 20, 2012, and Northern Trust, 2013
  • "Family Law and Estate Planning Interaction", Dallas Bar Association - Probate, Trusts and Estates Section, March 24, 2009 and Dallas Estate Planning Council, November 5, 2009
  • "Pets or Competitors, Horses in Family Law", with Larry Sullivant, Judge 235th Ret. and Paul French, III, CPA, Dallas Bar Family Law Section, June 9, 2004, Kaufman Bar Association May, 2004,  and Denton County Bar Association, August, 2004
  • Course Director,"Court for our Kids: A study in direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses." Kaufman County Bar Association,  April, 2003
  • Course Director, "Protecting the Interests of Our Children, Mock Trial," Kaufman County Bar Association, January, 2002
  • "Family Law Planning", Dallas Bar Association, North Dallas Friday Clinic,January 13, 1995; North Dallas NewComers Club, September, 1994; American Business Woman's Association, October, 1994. 
  • American Quarter Horse Journal, "How to Safely Buy or Sell Horses with Installment Payments", July 1993
  • Texas Tech Law Review. VOL 27, No. 2, 1996, "Evidence, 1995"


  • A fiduciary is someone who has undertaken to act for and on behalf of another in a particular matter which gives rise to a relationship of trust and confidence at such a high level that the law recognizes a duty requiring the person who is the fiduciary to deal with the utmost integrity toward the other person in the relationship and prohibiting the fiduciary from any kind of self dealing. Being a fiduciary is really an application of the "Golden Rule", to treat other people as you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. This newsletter goes on to define the different kinds of fiduciaries that you may come into contact with (and be) every day., Fiduciary Relationships, February 2010
  • Texas community laws and separate property laws are unique and detailed. There are many situations that could affect the distribution of property. Effective September 1, 2009 the Economic Contribution portions of Chapter 3, Texas Family Code are repealed - replaced by a new Reimbursement Statute, TFC §3.402. The legislature amended other portions of Chapter 3 to follow this major change. THis newsletter gives some examples, discusses offsets and equitable reimbursement., Economic Contribution Statute Repealed 2009, January 2008
  • Recently married? Know a family member or friend thinking about getting married? If the answer is yes to either case, take time to understand the importance of keeping assets separate.  Divorce and property disputes are not thoughts newly engaged or newlyweds like to think about, let alone discuss. Nevertheless, the spouse who owns property prior to marriage should know about separate property issues.  , Maintaining Separate Property, May 2008
  • Is it important that the family ranch or lake house or cash used for a down payment on a relative’s house stay in the family? Texas community laws and separate property laws are unique and detailed. There are many  situations that could affect the distribution of property., How to Keep Family Property in the Family, January 2008
  • For many years we relied on the provisions in the divorce decree to change all beneficiary designations of retirement benefits, life insurance, and wills. No longer. It is very important after a divorce to double check the beneficiary designation on all retirement benefits for any kind of asset that you own, plus have a new will prepared if you want the assets you worked hard to obtain to be given to the people that are the most important to you., Beneficiary Designations & Family Law, October 2007, Family Law
  • In 2007 House Bill 448 raised the cap on monthly net resources of the payor to $7500 per child and allowed that it can be adjusted every six years by the Attorney General. This bill also changed the way that the health insurance credit was calculated. House Bill 555 provided the Court the ability to request a revised parenting plan if it does not like the one suggested by the parents., Taxes and Family Law, June 2007
  • With respect to fraud and divorce, the recent case of Wright v. Wright 280 S.W.3d 901 (Tex. Ct. App. - Eastland 2009, no writ) confirms that transferring assets without spousal consent, even in a contentious divorce,  is fraudulent. Within days of Wife’s filing for divorce, Husband withdrew all money in community accounts, transferred title of the motorcycles to the parties’ sons, amended the bylaws to remove Wife as co-director of the corporation and transferred 49% of corporation to an employee. Not surprisingly, Wife filed a claim for fraudulent transfer and fraud on the community because of Husband’s actions., Fraudulent Transfer of Money, March 2011
  • Texas Family Code §7.009 - The 2011 Texas Legislature enacted Texas Family Code §7.009 Fraud on the Community: Division and Disposition of Reconstituted Estate. The statute  provides remedies to injured spouses if community assets are wrongly transferred out of the community estate during marriage.  The statute applies to all pending cases and all new cases filed after September 1, 2011. , Fraud and Divorce Part II, July 2011
  • In the old days, opposing parties in a hearing wouild testify as to who said what and when or what terrible thing the other person did.  The Judge and/or jury decided who was telling the truth.  Today written electronic proof submitted in the form of e-mails, text messages, facebook posts, tweets and other website representations can be offered as evidence in both criminal and civil courts of law.  For lawyers and clients today the quantity and quality of admissible evidence has increased dramatically making their cases easier or harder to win. , Social Media as Evidence, May 2013
  • In Texas, maintenance is a synonym for court ordered alimony.  It is one of the more challenging issues in family law.  Maintenance is difficult for many divorcing couples to understand and is also hard to obtain.  There are limits on how long you can receive maintenance and certain factors may cause the court to cancel maintenance payments., Making Sense of Maintenance, June 2012

Educational Background:

  • Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, B.A., Cum Laude, 1981

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Office Location for Carol A. Wilson

3710 Rawlins Street
Suite 975
Dallas, TX 75219

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Last Updated: 1/18/2019

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