As an Elder Law attorney, Brian assists client in identifying resources
and developing plans to enable them to live long, healthy, and active
lives. Brian focuses his practice on elder law, estate planning and administration,
incapacity planning and guardianships, and working with adults and children
with disabilities. Using a variety of planning tools, Brian helps clients,
who might otherwise be disqualified from public assistance, protect and
preserve their assets to supplement care provided by Medicaid, Social
Security, and the Veterans Administration.
Prior to embarking on his legal career, Brian worked in social services
for nearly a decade serving children, adults, and families throughout
Western North Carolina. This experience serves him well in his current
position and uniquely positions him to understand the wholistic needs
of clients facing capacity limitations. In addition, Brian’s background
lends well to successfully managing relationships within the public and
nonprofit sector of service providers, and to ensure clients are aware
of the myriad of community resources available to them.
Brian is licensed to practice in North Carolina and South Carolina.
NC State Bar Association
- Elder & Special Needs Law Section
- Estate & Fiduciary Law Section
- SC State Bar
- American Bar Association
- National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Buncombe County Aging Coordinating Consortium
Board of Directors,
Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Board of Trustees,
Eliada Homes, Inc.
Board of Directors,
Friends of WNC Nature Center
Awards & Honors
Campbell University Law Review, Symposium Editor
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Indefinite Confinement and the Unconstitutional
Treatment of North Carolinians with Mental Retardation, 35 Campbell L. Rev. 189 (2013).
- Elder Law and Disability Planning
- Asset Preservation & Protection
- Medical Planning & Applications
- Estate Planning
- Trusts, Estates & Elder Law
- Estate & Trust Administration
- Trust Reformations and Terminations
Brian T. Lawler grew up in Winchester, VA and Winston-Salem, NC as one
of 6 children. He is married to Jean and has two daughters, Lucy and Frances.
In his spare time Brian enjoys playing rugby and golf, snow skiing, and
spending time with his family.