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Andrew D. Atherton is an attorney in the law firm of McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., where his practice focuses on developing and implementing comprehensive personal estate plans, assisting clients in navigating the estate administration and probate process, advising client on how to deal with the costs of long term care, asset preservation, insurance coverage, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, special needs trust development and implementation, and guardianship.  Prior to moving to North Carolina, Mr. Atherton completed a clerkship with the Kentucky Supreme Court.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Western Kentucky University and law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2000.  He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and North Carolina.  He is a member of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina's Professional Advisory Committee, Land of Sky Estate Planning Council, the 28th Judicial District Bar, Kentucky Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Immediate Past Chair of the Elder Law Section, Estate Planning & Fiduciary Section, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Mr. Atherton has been a regular instructor for National Business Institute, UNCA OLLI - College for Seniors, and the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association on topics such as Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts, Trusts, Medicaid and Ethics in the Elder Law practice.


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 30%
    14 years
  2. Elder Law: 30%
    14 years
  3. Estate Planning: 30%
    14 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($285/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • James Edward Hickmon

    I have known and admired Andrew for a number of years. He and I have worked together on matters in the Asheville area, I have had the pleasure of hearing him speak at CLE presentations, and have relied on his counsel in my own practice. I highly recommend Andrew to anyone needing guidance in the area of elder law.


    James Hickmon Trusts Attorney
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Contact info

McGuire Wood & Bissette, PA

48 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801

P.O. Box 3180
Asheville, NC, 28802

48 Patton Avenue
Candler, NC



KYAuthorized to practice law200010/18/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardKentucky Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateMcGuire Wood & Bissette, PA2014 - Present
ShareholderPatla Straus Robinson & Moore, PA2005 - Present
AssociateBooth Harrington & Johns, PLLC2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder and Special Needs Law SectionCo-Chair, Legislative Committee2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (North Carolina chapter)Board Member2013 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionChair2012 - 2013
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionVice-Chair2011 - 2012
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law Section Executive CommitteeSecretary2003 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Western Kentucky UniversityBS - Business EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Retreat - Black Mountain NCAsset Protection Deeds2014
North Carolina Bar AssociationWindsor: Benefits and Taxes for Same Sex Couples in North Carolina2014
NBI Professional Seminar - Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NCAdvanced Medicaid Planning2014
OLLI College for SeniorsElder and the Elder Law Team2013
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder and Special Needs Law SectionMedicaid Estate Recovery2013
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder and Special Needs Law Section Annual MeetingProgram Planner2012
Un-Program National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (North Carolina chapter)Gift Giving Under a Guardianship2011
Basics of Elder LawProgram Planner2011
National Business InstituteMedicaid – Complex Planning Strategies2010
Annual Elder Law Section Meeting / CLEMedicaid: Practice and Planning.2009
Annual Elder Law Section Meeting / CLEMedicaid: Practice and Planning.2008
National Business InstituteMedicaid: Qualifying for Long Term Care2007
Professional Education Systems InstituteMedicaid Update2006
National Business InstituteMedicaid: From Qualifying Clients to Applying for Benefits2006
Professional Education Systems InstituteMedicaid Update2004