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Douglas Edgar Koenig

Estate planning Attorney at Durham, NC

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Doug Koenig

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About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Estate planning in the context of elder law. We put emphasis on planning, as opposed to documents. We also support Veteran Benefits in Pension and service connected disability.

    12 years, 125 cases

  2. Elder law
    Elder Law, Medicaid and VA benefits, Asset protection. We support Veteran Benefits in Pension (including Aid and Attendance) and Service Connected Disability.

    13 years, 500 cases

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    Medicaid analysis and assistance with pre-qualification. Assistance with applications for Medicaid. No work with Medicare or Social Security - I refer those cases out to fellow experts.

    12 years, 25 cases

  4. Probate
    Administration of decedents' estates

    9 years, 20 cases

  5. Business
    Small business services and support, contracts, licenses, start-up and dissolution.

    13 years, 60 cases

  6. Mediation
    Certified Superior Court Mediator with NC Dispute Resolution Commission.

    14 years, 10 cases

The right plans, the right documents, the right time.  Attentive and patient planning for life's transistion.  Why me? I'm a second-career attorney, meaning that I retired from a career in Engineering and IT to become a lawyer.  It has been a great change, and offers me a chance to help people in ways not possible in the corporate world.  I focus my practice on elders and veterans.  Why there?  Because I'm aging just like everyone else, and because I grew up in a Navy family so this is my way to support the troops.

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Licensed for 12 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Douglas

Law Offices of Douglas E. Koenig, PLLC
P.O. Box 13186
Durham, NC, 27709


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Could not ask for better !!
I can't sing enough praises about this kind and knowledgeable man !! My sister is the executor of my mothers estate. I was already having issues with her taking advantage of her position. I was pretty disappointed that she would even do this ... but before I called out the Marines, Doug went thru some options that he wanted me to be aware of. Clear headed thinking is always the best.
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Posted by Geraldine | July 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
elder law home ownership rights review
Mr.Koenig was knowledgeable and professional as we reviewed policies on home ownership rights and problems. The need to possibly change or transfer the deed, the pros and cons associated with any change; the other possible options: refinancing or sale of the home. He provided specific facts and costs of each options, facts of NC law relative to each option, and positive and negative financial and/or personal consequences related to each of those options. We reviewed local housing levels of care options for seniors, from rentals to assisted living. Lastly we reviewed the NC law on tenancy; the right to rent out a room to either stranger or family; when and how one might evict if necessary. Mr. Koenig provided dates of upcoming appropriate information sessions. He explained a remedy to an incomplete Will and Power of Attorney. I surely will recommend him to others and will return to use his services as needed.
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Posted by Ken | April 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Douglas Edgar Koenig, Elder Law, Estate Planning
We found Doug to be respectful of our wishes, knowledgeable, thorough, careful and considerate. Beyond this, he offered suggestions that we had considered and were glad to accept to ease future estate settlement. He also made appropriate adjustments in our POA's and Directive. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Cynthia | November 17, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I have consulted with this lawyer for about a year and a half and have always been completely satisfied. He responds quickly and I completely trust that the information I am being given is accurate. I believe him to be honest and his rates are extremely reasonable. I highly recommend him.


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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Douglas E. Koenig, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Mediator
  • Doug Koenig Mediation
  • 2009 - Present
  • Program Manager
  • Ford Motor Company
  • 1993 - 2007
  • Owner
  • CD & Associates - Accounting Software
  • 1986 - 2010
  • Product Manager
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
  • 1983 - 1992
  • Process Engineer
  • Howmet Turbine Components Corporation
  • 1977 - 1983
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  • Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Thayer School of Engineering
  • BE - Bachelor of Engineering
  • 1977
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Guardianship
  • Successful, full guardianship obtained


  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators
  • President-Elect
  • 2011 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Gideons International
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top Attorneys in North America
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2015
  • Sarah Franklin Scholarship for diversity and professionalism
  • BALSA at MSU College of Law
  • 2010
  • Ralph Freeman Scholarship for highest standards of prof conduct
  • MSU College of Law
  • 2009
  • Goodrich award for best all-around record
  • Thayer School of Engineering
  • 1977
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  • James Publishing publication
  • James Publishing Periodical
  • 2015
  • Employment Evidence Strategies, Forms & Cases (James Publishing Company)
  • Elder and Employment Law
  • 2013
  • ALI/ABA publication
  • Credit Reputation Damage CLE
  • 2012
  • NC Bar Ass'n Environmental Law Section
  • Development of local Wind Power options
  • 2011
  • Lansing Business Journal
  • Mediation Processes for Small Businesses
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Durham Center for Senior Life
  • Incapacity Planning
  • 2015
  • Repairing Credit
  • Credit Reputation - Repairing Damage
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting
  • Activating Law Students
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
Endorse Douglas
Unknown Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Koenig's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Elder law Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Douglas Koenig for Elder Law cases and for his knowledge and experience with Veteran's Benefits."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug has a solid reputation here in Durham among his clients. He is active as a volunteer and trusted by those who know him. He is also collegial to others in the profession."
Business Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is thoughtful and professional, both rare qualities in todays professional environment. I highly recommend Doug."
Elder law Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is a wonderful attorney who truly cares for his clients. I would recommend him to any client in need of an attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I certainly endorse this lawyer. I first met Mr. Koenig when he was volunteering his professional time at the UNC Cancer Clinics, providing free estate planning services to cancer patients in need and training law students in the ways of pro bono service. He is a knowledgeable and compassionate Elder Law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Doug in the area of estate planning and elder law. He is the go to guy in these areas in Durham and the surrounding areas. Your entire experience from the person answering your call to the conclusion of your time there will be great."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Douglas is a mover and a shaker and can help you make the decisions that will assure the security and protection you need in your estate needs."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am an attorney practicing in the Tampa Bay Area. I met Mr. Koenig through a group of lawyers who meet quarterly to exchange ideas in providing the very best legal services and experiences for their clients. Doug is a Brilliant hard working lawyer who truly cares about his clients."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug brings a very thoughtful and insightful approach to his practice. He also has a wonderful demeanor that puts everyone he meets at ease. I would recommend all of my elder law clients to Doug."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Doug is a compassionate attorney with a tremendous work ethic. I have worked with Doug in the past and he is extremely intelligent about estate planning and elder law. He is responsive to clients and very mindful of their goals. He approaches each matter diligently and is always professional. Doug is a great attorney and a great person."
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Durham Estate planning Lawyer Douglas Edgar Koenig
Douglas Edgar Koenig
Estate planning Attorney
Durham, NC
Licensed for 12 years