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I'm an attorney licensed in North Carolina and Florida practicing estate planning, estate administration, tax, and small business law. Being openly gay, I have a particular affinity for serving same-gender/same-sex couples, alternative families, and LGBTQ individuals. Regardless of your situation, I look forward to helping you develop an estate plan to protect yourself and your loved ones.

I serve on the Board of Directors of the Guilford Green Foundation (, as well as the Greensboro chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Though born in Japan, I am a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Rockingham. I completed a double-major in Business and French at UNC Greensboro. I graduated cum laude from Elon University School of Law and went on to earn an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from the University of Florida.

While at Elon Law, I practiced estate planning in the Wills Clinic, was an admissions ambassador, and externed for District Court Judge Sue Burch. I founded and served as President and Treasurer of OutLaw, a social and educational organization for LGBTQ law students at Elon. I served as treasurer of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and the Elon Law Democrats, was solicitor (investigator and prosecutor) for the Honor Council, and was a member of the Jewish Law Students Association. During my summers away from Elon Law, I interned for the District Attorney in Rockingham and for the Public Defender in Charlotte, as well as studied Chinese business law in Beijing and Spanish language and culture in Madrid. I was also an active member of OutLaw at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills; 
Estate Administration: Probate, Trust Administration; 
Tax Law: gift tax, estate tax, fiduciary income tax; 
Small Business Law: LLCs, corporations, family limited partnerships (FLPs).


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 50%
    1 year
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    1 year
  3. Guardianship: 9%
    1 year
  4. Tax: 8%
    1 year
  5. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 8%
    1 year


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Justin Parnell Enecks

    I met Mr. Ervin on the very first day of law school long ago, and he immediately made a very favorable and lasting impression. He has always been very enthusiastic and willing to help however he can. In fact, when I failed to find the answer I needed regarding an estate planning matter, I sought Mr. Ervin's guidance first. He was extremely helpful and got me pointed in the right direction. I therefore wholeheartedly endorse him.


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  • Damien LaRue Mckinney

    Justin is the consummate professional. You are in good hands if you choose to hire Mr. Ervin. I fully endorse this lawyer.


    Damien Mckinney Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

440 W Market St Ste 300
Johnson, Peddrick, And Mcdonald, Pllc
Greensboro, NC, 27401-2252


FLMember in Good Standing201209/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Overall Performance: Property 2Elon University School of Law2008
Best Overall Performance: Contracts 1Elon University School of Law2008
Best Overall Performance: Criminal LawElon University School of Law2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateJohnson, Peddrick, and McDonald, PLLC2011 - Present
Certified Legal InternPublic Defender (NC Defender District 26: Mecklenburg County)2009 - 2009
Legal InternHon. Sue Burch District Court Judge's Chambers (NC District Court District 18: Guilford County)2009 - 2009
Certified Legal InternElon University School of Law Wills Clinic2009 - 2009
Legal InternDistrict Attorney (NC Prosecutorial District 20-A: Richmond, Anson, Stanly Counties)2008 - 2008
Law Library AssistantElon University School Of Law2007 - 2010
Office AssistantElon University School Of Law2007 - 2010
Database Consultant and Web Applications DeveloperUNC Greensboro2001 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Guilford American Inn of CourtN/A2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax SectionN/A2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionN/A2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Tax Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsN/A2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionN/A2011 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
Greensboro Estate Planning CouncilN/A2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Library Hi-TechDynamic delivery of information via the World Wide Web2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2011
Elon University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of North Carolina, GreensboroMarketing and FrenchBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Guilford Technical Community CollegeComputer ScienceN/AN/A
Renmin University of ChinaChinese Business LawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Carolina Marriage Equality: A Practitioner's Symposium CLE seminarEstate and Tax Planning for Same-Gender Couples2015
New Frontiers: Emerging Issues in Estate Planning CLE seminarEstate Planning for Unmarried Couples2015
Trusts 101Special Needs Trusts, Ethical Considerations for Trusts2014
Paralegal Business Associations course (2012-2014)Taxation and Business Organizations2014
monthly meeting September 2014Marriage Equality in North Carolina and Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples2014
seminarEstate Planning and Wealth Management for LGBT Couples and Families2013
Lunch and Learn seriesAdvising LGBT Clients in Estate Planning2013
ad-hoc awareness raiserNorth Carolina's Marriage Discrimination Constitutional Amendment2012
Computers in Libraries 1999Dynamic Delivery of Information via the World Wide Web1999