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Caroline Knox is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where she centers her practice on estate planning and administration, elder law and guardianship.  With an emphasis on special needs trusts and other planning tools for clients with disabilities and children with special needs, she routinely helps clients who would otherwise be disqualified from public assistance shelter and preserve assets for supplementing care provided by Medicaid and Social Security.


As one of only 15 lawyers in North Carolina to earn the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by The National Elder Law Foundation, Caroline advises clients on matters relating to guardianship, Medicaid and other public benefits planning.  In addition, she often serves as trustee, guardian, executor and attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney when there are no suitable alternatives.  In these situations, she advises clients how to best manage and preserve their assets to enable a spouse in a nursing home to qualify for benefits and a surviving spouse ultimately to pass an inheritance onto future generations.


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Practice areas


  1. Guardianship: 24%
    15 years
  2. Estate Planning: 24%
    15 years
  3. Elder Law: 24%
    15 years
  4. Probate: 14%
    15 years
  5. Other: 14%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (1%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Van Winkle Law Firm

422 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC, 28792

The Van Winkle Law Firm

11 N. Market St.
Asheville, NC, 28801



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award NominationNCBA Foundation’s Public Service Advisory Committee2011
Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)National Elder Law Foundation2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Van Winkle Law Firm2000 - Present
Summer ClerkVan Winkle Law Firm, Asheville, Nc1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
North Carolina BarN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarMedicaid Update2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
College of William and MaryPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
St. Mary's College-Associate's Degree1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Western Carolina Education ForumSpecial Needs Trusts2015
Speaking EngagementEstate Planning & Elder Law2015
Speaking EngagementEstate Planning & Elder Law2015
Osher Lifelong Learning InstituteElder Law2015
Speaking EngagementElder Law & Estate Planning2013
Caregiver CollegeElder Law2013
Caregiver CollegeElder Law2012
Workshop for ProfessionalsElder Law and Legal Needs2011
Smart & Healthy AgingTop Legal Issues Every Senior Should Know2011
SeminarLong Term Care Planning2011
SeminarLong Term Care and Will Preparation2011
Quality of LifeLegal Planning2011
Healthy, Happy RetirementElder Law Update - Top Legal Issues Every Senior Should Know2011
2011 Estate Planning UpdateElder Law & Long Term Care Planning2011
MemoryCareSpecial Needs Assistance2010
Autumn CareElder Law2010
Alzheimer's Support GroupElder Law Introduction2010
12th Annual Alzheimer's ConferenceElder Law Update2010