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Carla Alston

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Compassionate Probate Lawyer in McKinney

Carla Alston is an attorney who strongly cares for her clients and their family. Carla is aware of the stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing during probate, guardianship, or in a family law matter. As such, Carla Alston strongly believes in making every effort to resolve the matter as amicably as possible. This belief has been strengthened through her experiences practicing in different areas with varying clientele.

Legal Experience

Carla began her legal career as an in-house corporate attorney for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. in 1985. While at Alcon, she provided tax analysis for corporate transactions and legal advice to the Human Resource Department for compliance with differing laws. In 1989, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA to broaden her skills by joining the over 200 attorneys at the firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott.

During her years in Pittsburgh, she was a member of the Corporate, Tax, Employee Benefits, and Estate Planning departments. Carla also assisted in some divorce matters. After moving back to Texas and taking a hiatus to spend time with her 3 boys, she resumed her career by providing contract work in estate planning and family law. Additionally, she became an Adjunct Professor at Collin College and Keller Graduate School of Management.

Extensive Knowledge

Carla teaches varied subjects such as wills and trusts, tax law, business law, family law, corporate tax law, employment law, and business ethics. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Accountancy from the School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi in 1982, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1984, and a L.L.M. from New York University in 1985.

She brings this knowledge to her work for The Willingham Law Firm, PC, where she has concentrated in such matters as estate planning, family law, probate, guardianship, and business matters.

Carla Alston’s estate planning practice includes the preparation of:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Special needs trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Other ancillary documents

In fact, Carla has a special needs child herself and understands the issues involved with raising special needs children. She also assists in the probate process as well as guardianship proceedings.

Her family law practice includes:

  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Child support, including representation in Title IV-D matters
  • Custody modifications

Her focus in these areas is to provide affordable representation while resolving the issues favorably for her client.

Associations

Carla Alston is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association, and the Estate Planning Section of the Collin County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Junior League of Collin County and involved in her children’s schools. Presently, she serves as Secretary for the Jasper Jaguars Booster Club.

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WHAT SETS OUR FIRM APART? 

DEDICATION. EXPERIENCE. RESULTS.
  • Making the Process Simple

    Our goal is to alleviate as much stress and anxiety for our clients, while also making sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

  • Trusted Counsel

    We provide you with the honest, compassionate, and dependable legal counsel you need when creating a plan that protects your family, future, and finances.

  • Proven Track Record

    Our attorneys have successfully completed over 6,000 trusts, drafted over 10,000 wills, handled over 800 probate matters, and have well over 10,000 trusted clients.

  • Tailored Solutions

    Our entire legal team takes take pride in creating, drafting, and enforcing powerful estate plans that can protect estates of all sizes.

Every Case Deserves Care & Attention

Read Recent Reviews From Our Clients
  • Every experience has been outstanding!

    “Every experience has been outstanding! It’s comforting to know you have solid legal representation and it brings you peace of mind! Highly recommend!”

    - Sheldon C.
  • They were so unbelievably helpful and kind after my father passed.

    “They were so unbelievably helpful and kind after my father passed. I live in another state and they answered all of my questions and helped with aspects that I don't think even typically fall under ...”

    - Dani P.
  • Professional, knowledgeable, and efficient service.

    “Professional, knowledgeable, and efficient service. Explained everything in detail and was happy to answer any questions that you may have. Carla is definitely an asset to The Willingham Law Firm.”

    - Tana Gleim
  • We are happy with our experience with the Willingham Law Firm and highly recommend them if you are looking for legal services to create a Trust.

    “Working with Mark Auten and his team at the Willingham Law Frim for our Trust was a pleasure. We really did not know what to expect as this was our first time creating a family Trust and we were very ...”

    - Doug Oehler
  • Carla at Willingham handled my uncontested divorce case and made it as efficient and painless as possible.

    “Carla at Willingham handled my uncontested divorce case and made it as efficient and painless as possible. Thanks, Carla.”

    - Rob D.
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