Mon - Thu: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
206 S. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
P.O. Box 387, McKinney, TX 75070
Caton Law Firm Office

Located two blocks south of the square in Historic Downtown McKinney, this firm began in 1985 as Caton & Cathey – a partnership between mother and daughter, Betty Ann Caton and Karen C. Caton (formerly Karen C. Cathey).  

Betty Ann Caton left the firm in 1997 when she was appointed to serve as presiding judge for the 296th Judicial District Court of Collin County.  Karen’s daughter, Cate Carter, joined the firm in 2012, initially as a legal assistant and now as an attorney, making this a practice led by three generations of women.

We built our reputation on the premise that each client has unique objectives and needs. We recognize that our job is to understand and address your unique situation, provide you with information, education and options that are appropriate to your personal needs, and offer the expertise necessary to effectively and efficiently carry out your plan of action once we have collectively determined the course that is appropriate for you.

The firm represents a highly diverse group of clients. Our greatest reward is a clientele that is quick to refer business associates or neighbors to the firm. We attribute our long-standing client relationships to our ability to understand and address the needs of our clients, engage in creative and efficient problem solving, and provide high quality legal services at reasonable rates.

Rated A-V by Martindale-Hubble peer reviews, the firm practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate, and Estate Administration. Karen C. Caton was the first attorney in Collin County to become Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

Meet Our Team

Our team is led by our attorneys, Karen C. Caton and Cate Carter.

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Explore Our Practice Areas

Our practice areas include 'Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts' and 'Probate and Estate Administration'

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Office Policies and Procedures

Office Hours:

Our general office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Consultations with an attorney are by appointment only. The best way to make an appointment is to call us at (972) 562-0777.


Cate Carter charges a minimum of $250 (1 hour) for an initial consultation. Consultations by telephone are available. Karen C. Caton is no longer seeing new clients.

Charges for Services:

The attorney will set fees and retainers based on your unique situation. A member of our office staff cannot tell you in advance what the cost of a project would be. In certain circumstances they can advise you of our minimum fees, but again every situation is unique. Typically, the consultation is an opportunity for the attorney to learn about your situation and advise you on your options. After that consultation your attorney will advise you of an estimated cost or a base fee for further work or quote you a retainer fee if the extent of the work cannot be estimated.

Credit Cards:

We accept the following major credit cards:

Discover * Master Card * VISA

Simple Wills and Related Documents:

Clients who do not desire to use living trusts, have standard family arrangements and a simple plan for disposing of assets (typically, spouse, then children), and do not have taxable estates sometimes need an inexpensive, basic estate plan composed only of wills, financial powers of attorney and health care documents. We have found many problems with the pre-fab forms in the marketplace today, so we have tried to streamline our system to provide you with good quality documentation at an economical price. If you are certain that you do not need more sophisticated planning, you can download our Simple Will Information Form, call the office to work out any details over the phone, return the package to us, and then schedule one visit to finalize the documents.

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