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John will tell you that he didn’t go to law school expecting to be an estate planning attorney. But the opportunity to intern with an estate planning firm during the summer of 2008 led him to realize that estate planning was the “happy job” that one of his law professors had encouraged students to find. A member of the inaugural class of Elon University School of Law, John was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2009.
“Estate planning is one of the few areas of law where you are able to help someone, and that help doesn’t come at the expense of anyone else,” John says. “When you couple that with the fact that you get to really know your clients, their families, and their concerns, and then craft a plan that ensures that their wishes and desires are met and alleviates those concerns – there’s no better combination.”
John also enjoys the challenges and rewards of Medicaid planning. “Being able to help a parent or parents who have worked their whole lives to pay off their home and save some money protect those things to provide a legacy for their children is extremely rewarding. Just because someone has been unable to afford long term care insurance doesn’t mean that they should be unable to pass anything on to their kids. And being able to step in and give them that ability is amazing.”
John is very experienced in guardianships – having participated as attorney, guardian ad litem, and guardian of the estate in over sixty guardianships over the last seven years. He has a large amount of experience in the use of guardianships in crisis situations – including protecting assets for a spouse at home where the other spouse is incompetent.
John focuses his practice in Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, Trusts, Special Needs Planning and Guardianships.
John is originally from Reidsville, NC, where his parents still reside. He is an Eagle Scout, and a 2004 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Elon, John participated in numerous clubs, serving as Vice-President of the Business Law Association and as Chairman of the Honor Council for its first two years, during which he and the other members of the Council drafted the School’s first Honor Code.
John currently serves in Wake County as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem.
John has been married to his wife Katie since 2013. They have one son, Samson, and a Golden Retriever, Stevie.