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The attorneys and team members at Thrash, Carroll & Vanway Law Group are dedicated to offering full service legal services in Austin, Texas with honesty and integrity.
Erin is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the College of the State Bar. She comes from a large and complex family and so she has focused her practice in estate planning where she can assist clients with difficult issues or situations with unique, custom “solution planning” using wills, trusts, business entities or family limited partnerships.
The firm also does probate and estate administrations, elder law, asset protection for high net worth individuals, LG planning, business formation and business succession planning. She is a teacher and frequent lecturer in these areas. Besides the state and district courts in which she appears, in 2007 she was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Erin frequently donates her time and legal experience to charities and foundations which benefit women and children in need. She provided the legal work for With Nici’s Heart Foundation, a charity founded for children with catastrophic illnesses including transplant recipients, DSF-Dream a Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship, a foundation for teaching children with special needs to ride horses and LTLOV, a foundation for women and children in need.
Erin also volunteers with Volunteer Legal Services, SafePlace and is active in other volunteer service organizations. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association, Dell Children’s Hospital Women’s Trust, Community Advisory Board of the Lakeway Regional Hospital, Austin Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce, the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas, the Estate and Probate sections of the respective Bar Associations, she chairs the Texas Forum and she is active in a variety of community and national activities including the Komen Foundation Race for the Cure and the American Heart Association.
Education and Personal
She earned her B.S. and J.D. at Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! She has 3 children, 4 horses, a variety of dogs, cats, chickens and exotic birds. When she is not reading, gardening, riding or with her family, she loves to travel.
Danielle is also actively involved in the Lake Travis community. She currently sits on the City of Lakeway’s Board of Ethics and serves on various membership and engagement committees for the Hills Country Club. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the lake with her family and watching sports (with a particular affinity for rugby!).
Danielle graduated with high honors from the Baylor University School of Law, where she served as Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review.
Estate Planning and Probate
J.D.- Baylor University School of Law, Waco, TX, 1982
Law Review: Associate Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1981 – 1982
B.B.A. – Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1980
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Potter, Minton, Tyler, Texas, 1982 – 1986
Ireland, Carroll & Kelley, P.C., Tyler, Texas, 1986 – 2001
Michael G. Carroll, P.C., Austin, Texas – 2001 – 2016
Thrash, Carroll & Vanway Law Group, Austin, Texas 2016 – present
Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas, Member Bar
Real Estate and Probate Section of State Bar
Estate planning. Complex estate and trust administration, Income taxation of estates and trusts, Estate, gift, and generation skipping taxation
University of Texas at Austin, BBA – Finance, Philosophy, 2006
Texas Tech School of Law, JD, 2009
Texas Tech University, Masters – Personal Financial Planning, 2009
Board Certified – Estate Planning & Probate Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas
Doctorate in Jurisprudence (J.D.) – South Texas College of Law (Houston)
CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter)
ChFc (Chartered Financial Consultant)
BBA (Finance) – Texas A&M University
Meagan holds an A.A. degree in Journalism and is working towards a paralegal certification. She has been an active member of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division since 2014. In her spare time she enjoys being involved with her community, volunteering as PTA Volunteer/Membership Chair at her children’s school, spending time outdoors, gardening, attending her children’s sports activites and enjoying life with her husband and their three beautiful children.
Our firm pioneered a program we call “Wine and Wills.” Someone volunteers to host such an event in their home, and invites their neighbors. Often times, all the “inviting” that needs to be done is by a posting to a neighborhood Facebook page or other social media outlet of general use in the neighborhood, requesting that anyone interested in attending make a reservation. The firm provides the wine and the appetizers.
Then one of our attorneys puts on a short presentation, and stays around to take questions. Often the questions last for quite a while.
Many of those who are now our clients, and other attendees as well, have told us they find gathering information in a relaxed environment like this is not intimidating. They also tell us the presentations are informative and help them clarify issues as to what planning is needed and why. If you are interested in either hosting or attending such an event when offered near you, feel free to contact us and ask about “Wine and Wills.”
If you believe you have valuable services that would be helpful to our clients, we invite you to reach out and schedule a lunch meeting, so we can learn a little more about what you do.