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Stacey Lynn Riley Walters

Trusts Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Thomas-Walters, PLLC Probate and Estate Planning Attorneys, Stacey R. Walters

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 17 years
    Michigan - MI 25 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1999
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stacey

Learn Stacey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts

    12 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning

    12 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate

    12 years

  4. Wills and living wills

    12 years, 1,000 cases

I grew up in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I attended Elon University, where I majored in Biology and helped found the first service sorority on Elon’s campus- Epsilon Sigma Alpha. While I planned to attend medical school, I changed my mind after sitting as an alternate juror on a murder trial when I was 19 years old! I fell in love with the legal arena and constant challenge of advocating for others! After graduating Cum Laude from Elon in 1992, I married my high school sweetheart Roland. While he was busy farming, I stayed active by volunteering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation helping grant wishes of terminally ill children. Eventually, we left the farm for Lansing, Michigan, where I attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I graduated in the top third of my class in 1998.

Since then, I have practiced in the legal profession serving as general in-house counsel for two different Insurance Companies, as well as a partner and sole practitioner. After having a disabled daughter in 2008, my passions changed. Now, I am driven to educate the public about protecting assets while avoiding the financial and emotional hazards of probate, a platform that is the cornerstone of Thomas Walters, PLLC. I serve as a Founding Member and Managing Partner of the North Carolina Division. The firms unique approach to Estate Planning is one that keeps the most important piece in mind- the client!

My unique perspective as a special needs parent, coupled with my caring heart, drives me to educate and help families on how to plan and keep more of their hard earned money in a way that is least burdensome of their family. To me, nothing seems more unfair than for a family to lose all they have worked for after paying into a government system that was intended to be provide “a comprehensive social insurance system covering all major personal economic hazards with a special emphasis on unemployment and old age insurance.” Pres. Roosevelt Exec. Order #6765, 1934.

Thomas-Walters, PLLC
8801 Fast Park Dr Suite 301, Raleigh, NC 27617

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Thomas-Walters, PLLC
8801 Fast Park Drive
Suite 301
Raleigh, NC, 27617
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
1777 Fordham Blvd
Suite 101
Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
10130 Mallard Creek Road
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC, 28262
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
Byron Office Suites
7-B Corporate Center Court
Greensboro, NC, 27408
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
5228 NC-211
Suite D
West End, NC, 27376
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Posted by Lisa | April 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have worked with Stacey thru my estate, as well as my mother’s. She walked us thru all the if’s, and’s, and but’s to make sure what we wanted to happen after our passing actually happened. Stacey does not use high pressure tactics to get business. She provides real life examples during her presentation, and then patiently takes all the time needed for us to make the hard decisions. I feel like I have all the I’s dotted an T’s crossed that all will happen as I have designated. Stacey made this process simple and easy to understand. I highly recommend this practice for your estate planning.
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Posted by Mark | February 28, 2017
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Establishing a family trust
Stacey walked us step by step through the process of establishing a trust. All of our questions and any concerns we had were answered fully. We had some work to do and once completed, Stacey and here staff prepared all the required docs and made all of the necessary filings. From beginning to end, the process took a few weeks and both my wife and I could not have been more satisfied with both the process and end result.
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Posted by Patricia Munns | February 22, 2017
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Stacey Lynn Walters
Very thorough and knowledgeable. Attitude exceptional. Made me feel as if she really was concerned about protecting my assets.
Posted by Jess and Freida | February 22, 2017
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LifeTime Lawyer
My husband and I looked for a lawyer who would be there for us after we walked out of the office. Stacey Walter's goal is to assist the client through difficult decisions in estate planning and continues to provide the service for a lifetime. Mrs. Walters is an expert and specialist in Trusts, Wills and all of Estate Planning. She provides the information in terminology that can be understood by lay people and exemplifies advocacy for her clients. Mrs. Walters is the best lawyer that we have found in our many years of experience in Estate Planning.
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Posted by William | February 21, 2017
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Stacey was totally professional, well-prepared, thorough and meticulous in the performance of her duties as our attorney. She prepared, without any error, all of our estate planning documents including our wills, our revocable living trust, health care proxies etc. We are now totally comfortable, due to her diligence, that we have simplified for our children, the job of taking care of our affairs, upon our death. What better gift can we give to our children than having our affairs in perfect order and an outstanding attorney like Stacey to help them.
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Posted by Robert | February 21, 2017
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Stacey worked very hard to put together our living trust. My wife and I did know anything regarding wills, trusts etc. and how they effect our lives. She took the time and effort (many times) to explain how a trust affects our current lives and how it will affect our heirs. She is always there to answer our concerns and questions i
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Thomas Walters, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Rabalais Law
  • 2015 - 2015


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Elon University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Schmaldfelt v. NorthPointe Insurance
  • Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of NorthPointe Insurance- the patron could not be a third party beneficiary in order to enforce provisions of the policy.


  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys: Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018


  • Senior Guide
  • Breaking the bank: Nursing Care and Shocking end results
  • 2017
  • Senior Guide
  • 4 Ways Bad Estate Plans Rob Your Family
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hillsborough Exchange Club
  • How to Avoid Probate and Make Things Simple for Your Family
  • 2020
  • Jamestown Chapter- Guest Speaker
  • Estate Planning 101: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • 2019
  • Butner Chapter Meeting
  • Estate Planning 101: You don’t know, what you don’t know
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning 101: You Don't Know What You Don't Know!
  • Wills, Probate, Avoiding Probate, Revocable Livng Trusts and Protecting Assets from the Nursing Home
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Stacey
Trusts Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacey is one of the top lawyers in her area of practice. I have worked with Stacey on various matters and have found her knowledge of trusts and estate planning to be both wide and deep. She's a great resource for fellow attorneys and would be a great attorney for her clients. I fully endorse this attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacey's commitments to others is obvious from her resume and background. Her answers to Avvo questions are thoughtful, helpful, and demonstrate proficiency. I would not hesitate to refer my clients to her. I wholeheartedly endorse Stacey!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Stacey Walters. She is passionate about estate planning and genuinely cares about her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Stacey is an excellent attorney who takes pride in the profession and providing insightful advice to her clients."
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