Sheila E. Austin

Trusts and Estates Paralegal
Ward and Smith, P.A.
252.672.5524 Fax 252.672.5477
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Sheila is a knowledgeable and professional trusts and estates paralegal with years of experience in Elder Law, Guardianships, and Estate Administration. She is passionate about helping clients navigate the complex legal field of trusts and estates, always working effectively to provide them with the highest quality of service. With meticulous attention to detail, Sheila ensures that all documents are up-to-date with state regulations, allowing her clients to feel secure that their cases will be handled professionally and efficiently.

 Beyond her professional pursuits, Sheiia finds joy in treasured moments spent with her family.


  • B.S., East Carolina University, 1985

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Notary Public
  • First Baptist Church, New Bern, Member

About Me

I am privileged to be married to my husband, Bill, for an incredible 37 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant at Carr, Riggs & Ingram, and together, we raised two wonderful daughters. Our oldest daughter is an attorney in Raleigh, and our younger recently attained her Master's in Accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them blossom into thriving adulthood

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