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The Karisch Law Firm, PLLC

The Karisch Law Firm, PLLC, is an Austin, Texas, law firm providing a full range of services in estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust law.



Glenn Karisch


Glenn Karisch concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate and trust law.  Glenn provides quality, caring and personal service to his clients.  He is known as a "go-to" lawyer, not only for traditional estate planning, probate and trust services, but also for unusual and difficult trust, planning, administrative or litigation problems.  Many of his clients are referred by other probate lawyers around the state because of his acknowledged expertise in handling out-of-the-ordinary cases. 

Glenn is certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Glenn is the past chair of the 8,000-member Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Glenn has written and spoken extensively at advanced legal education courses for attorneys on estate planning, probate and trust topics, including understanding recent probate, guardianship and trust legislation (he's done a legislative update each session since 1997), problems with multi-party bank and brokerage accounts, modifying and terminating irrevocable trusts, drafting estate planning documents which protect the surviving spouse, disclaimers, and understanding and implementing the Uniform Prudent Investor Act and the Uniform Principal and Income Act. He is the owner and sponsor of The Texas Probate Web Site ( and the Texas Probate email mailing list for attorneys. He works with the Texas Legislature on probate, guardianship and trust legislation.  He brings special expertise to assisting clients with charitable giving strategies, calling on his experience working with the Texas Methodist Foundation.  He also serves as mediator of estate and trust disputes and as an expert witness on estate, probate and trust issues.

Glenn is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Austin Waldorf School, where his four children were educated.  He is the former chair of the Austin Bar Association's Estate Planning and Probate Section and he has served on the boards of the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas and the local chapter of the National Committee on Planned Giving.  He and his wife, Suzanne, are members of First United Methodist Church of Austin.

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Melissa Harvey


Melissa Harvey is of counsel with The Karisch Law Firm, PLLC.  She helps individuals and families with estate planning strategies ranging from simple wills to complex trusts.  Melissa represents executors who are administering estates and trustees who are administering trusts.  She works on cases involving family disputes over estates, trusts and incapacitated relatives.  She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1994 and also has extensive experience in administrative and open government law.  Melissa is involved in education issues and is has been an officer in the RRISD Talented and Gifted Parent Advisory Council since its formation.  She and her husband, Michael, reside in Austin with their two children.