Millions of Dollars


North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida
Estate Planning Attorneys

Law Offices in Asheville, Hendersonville and Raleigh, NC and Landrum, SC

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Designing and constructing comprehensive estate plans which address our clients’ exact wishes.

Probate & Administration

Strategies to achieve tax savings and to simplify the administration of the estate

Elder Law & Medicaid

Structure plans to ensure qualification for Medicaid, to help cover certain living expenses.

Business & Corporate law

Creating, running, transferring or selling a business requires a structured plan

Protecting your Assets & Planning your Legacy

  • ▿ Representation in Probate Court

    Clients often come to us when a loved one has passed away without leaving behind a will or a trust. For these clients, the confusion over how to handle the deceased’s estate coupled with the raw emotion of their personal loss can make for a confusing and emotionally exhausting time. Our significant experience in the area of probate, estate administration and trust administration can help put their minds at ease and spare them unnecessary anxiety. Contact a probate lawyer at our firm today to discuss your needs.

    Regardless of whether a loved one dies with or without an estate plan, we can assist you with both post-mortem planning and estate administration. There are certain strategies that we can employ to achieve tax savings and to simplify the administration of the estate, even after your loved has died.

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  • ▿ Family and Wealth Protection through customized Estate planning

    Our firm strongly believes that a team-oriented holistic approach is vital to the creation of an effective estate plan. We work to identify your specific needs, discuss your objectives, and, if necessary, bring in accountants, financial planners and/or other professionals for guidance. We take great pride in providing customized estate plans that grant you peace of mind.

    In addition, we strive to remain in constant communication with our clients during the estate planning process and to keep them informed of any developments that may affect their overall goals.

  • ▿ Elder Law, Long Term Care & Medicaid Planning

    If you are seeking long-term nursing care for your elderly loved one, you may not want personal finances and assets to cover all of their expenses. We help clients structure plans to ensure qualification for Medicaid, which can help cover certain living expenses.

    While long-term nursing home care is expensive, Medicaid can help cover these costs if you qualify. Part of this qualification may hinge upon developing a proper estate plan which can help you meet the requisite asset limits. Even if you are already in a nursing home, Strauss Attorneys, PLLC can help. Our Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), Larry S. Hartley, provides clients with a thorough explanation of the laws related to Medicaid for long term care, as well as careful attention to details.

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  • ▿ Veterans’ Benefit Planning

    Even for the most qualified and disabled veterans, applying for disability benefits through the VA is a time-consuming, arduous process. Larry focuses his practice on assisting veterans navigate the VA labyrinth and helps ensure they receive the maximum benefit available under the Veteran Administration Non-Service Connected Disability Pension, Aid and Attendance, and Medicaid Long Term Care. Larry helps veterans preserve their assets and plan for retirement, while offsetting the costs of long term care.

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  • ▿ Corporate Law & Business Succession Planning

    Business formation: We help analyze entity selections and draft partnership and LLC operating agreements.

    Business succession planning: Selling a business to a third party or passing it down to an employee or family member requires a structured plan. Our attorneys have extensive experience creating detailed and exhaustive business succession plans.


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    > Several North Carolina State Bar certified board specialists
    > Preeminent – Peer rated for highest level of professional excellence 2016
    > 5 years Selected to Super Lawyers
    > Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb –  Top Attorney Estate Planning
    > Avvo Client’s choice 2014 – Estate Planning
    > Avvo Client’s choice 2015 – Estate Planning
    > Elder counsel – Excellence in Elder Law and Special Needs


    Some important goals of any estate plan are to protect assets and minimize tax liability. It is critical to provide the latest estate planning tools to achieve these objectives.

    We were one of first law firms in western North Carolina to use family limited partnerships (FLPs), limited liability companies (LLCs), and revocable living trusts to protect people’s estate plan. Other ways to protect assets and avoid unnecessary tax liability include:


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