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Cara M. Chase



Cara’s practice is focused exclusively on elder law, estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust law. In addition to experience in counseling clients with both simple and complex estates and drafting traditional estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, Cara also assists clients with Medicaid applications, long term care planning and asset protection.

Cara is a frequent lecturer on elder law topics to both professional and community groups in Central Texas, including the Baylor People’s Law School, the Waco McLennan County Bar Association, the Area Agency on Aging, local nursing homes and non-profit organizations.


Civic & Professional

State Bar of Texas

National Association of Elder Law Attorneys

Waco-McLennan County Bar Association

Bell County Bar Association

Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council

Heart of Texas Waco Area Gerontological Society

Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, Member, Board of Directors

Waco Foundation, Past Member and Chair, Board of Trustees

Waco Symphony Association, Past Member, Board of Directors

Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyer’s Association, Past President and Member, Board of Directors

Leadership Waco, 1997 – 1998

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Past Vestry Member, Delegate to Diocesan Council, 2006

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Past Member, Board of Directors

WISD Education Foundation, Past Member, Board of Directors

McLennan County Youth Collaboration, Past Member, Board of Directors

Junior League of Waco, Past Member, Board of Directors


  • State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1993


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1993

Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, in Spanish & Political Science, 1990

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