Carol A. Wilson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC
 | 3710 Rawlins Street, Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-785-6153
Fax: 214-599-2149
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    Attorney Carol A. Wilson, of the Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC, in Dallas, Texas has been Board Certified in Family Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.   The Texas Board of Legal Specialization website states that fewer than 1% of attorneys in Texas have qualified to take this examination and passed it.  Ms. Wilson honed  her courtroom skills throughout her career and completed the intensive National Family Law Trial Institute in 2017. 

     

    Attorney Carol Wilson believes that quality representation means welcoming all people and using the Golden Rule with clients: treat your clients as you would want to be treated given the law and the client’s facts. Using the Golden Rule, Carol Wilson has litigated, mediated and tried complex divorce, property division and child custody cases for more than 30 years.  Family law normally involves contested pre-trial hearings, court required mediation and, when necessary, final trial.  Thorough preparation for all events in her cases is one of the keys to Carol’s success.  She knows the most effective way to settle a hearing or an entire case in mediation is when the other side knows she is prepared, ready, willing and able to try the case when necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for her clients given the facts of the case and Texas law.

    Ms. Wilson is proud to announce her firm is now Of Counsel to Clyde Siebman and the law firm Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP a prominent North East Texas firm.  This connection gives her a strategic edge in the courtroom, particularly when working with Clyde Siebman, who has been Board Certified Civil Trial by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994 and associate Rebecca Skupin. Together with Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP she looks forward to continued representation in the north east Texas Family Law. 

    Carol has been nominated by her peers for the following awards: 

    -        Nationally recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2018, U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms since 2019;

    -        Texas Super Lawyer eleven times and a Texas Super Lawyer Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas since 2017 and Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Super Lawyers 3 out of the last 4 years;

    -        D Magazine Best Lawyers since 2018. 

     

    -        AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1999. 

     

    Ms. Wilson is a 1981 cum laude graduate of Greenville University, which named Ms. Wilson, the Outstanding Alumnus of 2019.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1985. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S., the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas and all Texas State Courts. A leader in her legal community, she is classed as a Master in the Annette Stewart Inns of Court and fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

    Selections

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    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2020

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    About Carol Wilson

    Admitted: 1986, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.cawilsonlaw.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • D Magazine Best Lawyers 2018-2020
    • Texas Super Lawyer Eleven Years - 2003-2004, 2012- 2020, selected by Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly, (Top 5% of Lawyers in Texas); 2017, 2019 - 2020 Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Texas Super Lawyers; 2017- 2020 Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers
    • The Best Lawyers in America, 2019, 2020 and Best Law Firm U.S. News and World Report 2020
    • Distinguished Alumnus Greenville University 2019
    • Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center Sprint Award 2017 
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated.since 1999  
    • Women to Watch, Today’s Dallas Woman Magazine, 1998 

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Supreme Court of the United States Bar, 2016  
    • State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association  
    • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Immediate Past President - 1993, President - 1992, Vice-President - 1991, Treasurer - 1989-1990, Advisory Board 2020, current member    
    • Grievance Committee District 1A, State Bar of Texas, 1993-1999
    • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, Member - 2008 -2011, 2014 - 2017
    • Dallas Bar Family Law Section Board of Directors 2012- 2018
    • Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2016  
    • National Family Law Trial Institute , 2017
    • Texas Family Law Foundation Lobbyist Volunteer 2017, 2019
    • Dallas Bar Association 2020 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Committee

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Attorneys Serving the Community  - 2011-present, Charity Selection Committee 2012, 2013, Meeting locations 2014, 2015, Speaker Selection Committee 2016, Chair Networking Committee 2018-2019.
    • Tex Protects Public Policy Committee - 2011 - present
    • Scurry-Rosser Independent School District, School Board, 2011-2014
    • American National Bank Business Development Board, 2011
    • ABC Circle of Influence, 2010 - present
    • North Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, Secretary,  2005 - 2006
    • Dallas Women's Foundation, Board 2005- 2008, Endowment Fund-Raising Committee 2002, Corporate Fund Raising Committee 2003-2007, Advocacy Committee 2006, Grants Committee, 2008
    • Dallas Network Partners 2004 - 2006
    • Dallas Child Magazine Guest Editorial Board, 2000 - 2002
    • Women's Issues Network - 1999 - Secretary, Treasurer. Alumni
    • 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, 
    • Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas, 1995-1999
    • Network Lunch Group, 1989-1998
    • Zonta Club of Dallas I, 1990-1995

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Texas Tech Law Review. VOL 27, No. 2, 1996, "Evidence, 1995"
    • American Quarter Horse Journal, "How to Safely Buy or Sell Horses with Installment Payments", July 1993
    • "Parenthood: Establishment, Adoption, Termination", State Bar of Texas Legal Assistants Division, Advanced Family Law Seminar, February 24, 1995
    • "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. 
    • "What a CPA Ought to Know About Texas Family Law", North Dallas CPA Network, July, 1995
    • "Changes in the Family Code, 1995, Dallas Bar Association, November 13, 1995
    • "Equitable Distribution in Texas' and "Ethics Considerations in Divorce," National Business Institute, May 22, 1997
    • "Property Division in Texas," Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, June 25, 1997
    • "Psychological issues in Family Law," North Dallas Friday Clinic, Dallas Bar Association, September 12, 1997
    • "Adoption Law in Texas," National Business Institute, April 15, 1998
    • "Adoption Texas Style," Lorman, January 15, 1999
    • "Custody," National Business Institute, February 12, 1999
    • "Ethics in Family Law," Kaufman County Bar Association, September, 2001
    • “Protecting the Interests of Our Children, Mock Trial,” Kaufman County Bar Association, January 2002, 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.
    • "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
    • "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
    • First Subtract Then Divide , Speaker , First Subtract Then Divide, Texas Separate and Community Property , CFPs & Lawyers, CPAs, 2018

    Newsletters:

    • In the old days, opposing parties in a hearing wouid 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
    • 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 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 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

    Educational Background:

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

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    Dallas, TX 75219

    Phone: 214-785-6153

    Fax: 214-599-2149

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