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Wendy Craig

Wendy A. Craig is a sole practitioner who has limited her practice to elder law, estate planning and estate administration.

Although most of us understand estate planning and administration as the planned distribution of our assets at death, "elder law" is a newer concept that encompasses a number of issues. Rather than focusing only on tax planning and post-mortem distribution of assets, elder law is largely concerned with planning for the care needs of seniors and the disabled.

What is Elder Law?

Elder law is more than simple estate planning or retirement planning. Legal issues for the elderly, disabled and their families are complex. Laws and regulations involving Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, nursing homes, assisted living, special needs trusts and benefits planning can be difficult to understand.

How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help

Our office can assist you in drafting a will to transfer property at death, and minimizing estate taxes and probate fees. Perhaps more importantly, we can also help you develop a comprehensive care plan for you or your loved ones, including financial planning for quality care and asset protection, assembling a caregiver team and connecting with appropriate community services.

Our elder law legal services include:

  • Preparation of advance directives for financial and health care decision making;
  • Evaluation of opportunities to qualify for benefit programs, including Medicaid, SSI and North Carolina Special Assistance;
  • Asset protection planning;
  • Assistance with guardianship proceedings;
  • Evaluation of long-term care insurance options;
  • Advocating for seniors in nursing homes and with in-home service providers;
  • Creating "care teams" for seniors and disabled adults, including geriatric care managers, accountants, financial planners and home care providers;
  • Crisis planning for seniors, disabled adults and their families.

To make an appointment, please contact our office at (828) 669-0799 or e-mail us at Email Me. In order to assist you, we ask that you provide our office with the information requested on our . If you have an appointment with our office, you can submit this information online. Because this Questionnaire is time consuming to complete and to review, we request that you do not submit this information unless you have previously made an appointment with our office.

If you would like to receive a copy of our firm newsletter, please e-mail our office at Email Me - please type "Newsletter" in the subject area. Please include your name and mailing address in the e-mail, and we will add you to our newsletter mailing list.

Directions to our Office:

Our office is located in Black Mountain across the street from GreyBeard Realty and Black Mountain Savings Bank.

  • From I-40 East, please use Exit 64, turn left at bottom of the exit ramp. At the third stop light after the exit; turn right on to State Street. Our building is on the left after Richardson Blvd., just past Black Mountain Bistro.

  • From I-40 West, please use Exit 65. After you exit the interstate you will be on East State Street: our office is .7 of a mile on the right at 207 East State Street, across the street from GreyBeard Realty.
Wendy A. Craig, a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1990, has an office in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She received a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1987 and a J.D. in 1990 from Vanderbilt University Law School. She served as Secretary of the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2003-2004 and served as Chair of the Section for the 2006-2007 term. Wendy is a member of the National Academy of the Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA). NAELA is a professional association of attorneys concerned with improving the availability and delivery of legal services to the older person.

Wendy A. Craig, P.A.
Concentrating in Elder Law for Western North Carolina

207 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-669-0799 (Voice) • 828-669-0055 (Fax

E-Mail Address: Email Me

Articles and Updates:

Advance Directives

Decifit Reduction Act

Long-Term Care Insurance

Older Drivers - Show 'Em Some Grace

Notes from Wendy Craig June 2006

Notes from Wendy Craig June 2005

Notes from Wendy Craig December 2005

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