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Carlie C. Gause, formerly Carlie C. Curbo, joined Pakis Giotes in May 2013. Carlie became a partner in November 2020. She is only the second female partner in Pakis Giotes’ nearly sixty-year history. Carlie’s primary practice areas include: Estate Planning, Probate Law, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, and Real Estate. Carlie’s preferred area of practice involves assisting families who have children with special needs. This includes Guardianships, Supplemental Needs Trust Planning, and Long-term Succession Planning. As the sister of a person on the Autism Spectrum, Carlie is very passionate about helping families navigate the transitions required in Estate Planning with a special need’s child. From the beginning of her career, Carlie’s brother, Lewis, has been her inspiration and greatest champion. Carlie’s goal is for every child like Lewis to have security and dignity at all stages of life.

Carlie received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas State University in 2006 and her Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Texas State University in 2009. While at Texas State, Carlie was an active member and President of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Society. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2012, where she served as Notes and Comments Citation Editor for the inaugural issue of the Texas Wesleyan Real Property Journal (2011-2012). While at Texas Wesleyan, she served as Vice President for Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity (2011-2012).

Prior to joining Pakis Giotes, Carlie clerked for Dunnam and Dunnam, L.L.P. and volunteered her legal services at Friends for Life, a nonprofit benefiting the elderly and disabled.

A native of Waco, Carlie remains active in the community, focusing her time on helping families who have children with special needs and the elderly. Carlie is a past Director, Vice President, President, and Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Arc of McLennan County. Carlie is a member of the Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is also a member of the Merak 104 Temple of the Daughters of the Nile, an organization that focuses on raising funds and awareness for Shriner’s Hospitals.

Carlie, her husband Joseph, and their son live in Hewitt. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling with her family, party and event planning, and scrapbooking.

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BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 2012

EDUCATION

  • Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Notes and Comments Citation Editor for the inaugural issue of the Texas Wesleyan Real Property Journal, 2011-2012
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    • M.A. - 2009
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    • B.A. - 2006

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, Member, 2012 - present
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2012 – present
  • Member of NAELA, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • National Chapter
    • Texas Chapter

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/AWARDS

  • Baylor University Law School’s Veterans Clinic Advocate of the Year, 2020
  • The ARC of McLennan County
    • Director, 2014-2020
    • Vice President, 2016 - 2019
    • President, 2020
  • Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2016 – present
  • Merak 104 Temple of the Daughters of the Nile, 2020- present