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Andrew A. Strauss

Estate planning Attorney at Asheville, NC

5.0   15 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

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About Andrew

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning & Probate Law. Sophisticated family and tax planning---business succession coordination and asset protection planning.

    45 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Trusts
    30%
    There are many different types of trusts. We have expertise in revocable living trusts and irrevocable trusts. Trusts can be used for estate and income planning and to protect beneficiaries from marital (divorce) and creditor issues.

    2,000 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    15%

    45 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Business
    10%
    Advise on and implement business entities, including corporations, partnerships and LLCs. Business succession planning and exit strategies.

    45 years, 200 cases

  5. Probate
    10%
    Our Firm has a full staff to assist in all aspects of after death administration, whether it be through a court probate or trust administration. We advise on taxes, trustee and executor duties and all filing requirements,

    45 years, 500 cases

I MAKE ESTATE PLANNING UNDERSTANDABLE AND WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ACHIEVE YOUR FAMILY GOALS.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

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Licensed for 44 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/27/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1979
Updated 11/23/2022
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1978
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Strauss Attorneys PLLC
77 Central Avenue
Suite F
Asheville, NC, 28801
Strauss Attorneys PLLC
104 N. Washngton Street
Hendersonville, NC, 28739
Strauss Attorneys PLLC
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Andrew received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Elizabeth | November 13, 2014
Excellent attorney
I am an attorney in WNC and was recommended to Andy by several fellow lawyers. Andy effectively and efficiently prepared complicated detailed estate planning documents for my husband and I. All documents were explained in detail. Andy never rushed through our conferences and we felt like he took as much time as needed to adequately explain our estate plan to us. I highly recommend Andy and plan to continue my assocaition with him.
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Posted by Elaie | October 14, 2014
Andrew A.Strauss
Andy and his staff put us at ease on our first visit. We are a newly married lesbian couple tho we just celebrated our 30th anniversary. Our purpose for hiring Strauss and Associates was to make sure that the marriage status was considered in our estate planning We feel confident that our legal affairs are now in order, and that any new laws requiring our attention will be relayed to us by Strauss and Associates.
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Posted by Lori | August 24, 2022
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Andrew (Andy) Strauss, Esq.
I hired Andy Strauss to review and update our parents’ estate plan following a change in their state of residence. Andy listened carefully to my family’s concerns before presenting options. He was especially skilled at making complex legal concepts understandable. I found Andy to be professional, smart, trustworthy and responsive. In addition, he has the emotional intelligence needed when dealing with delicate family matters. If you’re looking for peace of mind with regard to estate planning, I highly recommend Andy Strauss.
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Posted by Tina | April 6, 2021
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Andy gets things done!
Re-doing my trust after moving here from out of state...I had lots of questions and Andy was always very forthcoming with good cheer! I particularly liked the way he brought in his support staff when we were reviewing and making changes so the changes were made "real time" and I could trust they were being made. Andy AND his staff have been great during this whole process...I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Kristen | February 23, 2019
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The best in estate planning
Andy Strauss's firm motto is "We Do Estate Planning. We do it Well." That about encompasses it all! I have been involved in my own or my parents' estate planning with this firm and Andy in particular since 1998. His office is efficient, professional and friendly. His key staff have been around for years, which is very helpful as well as reassuring. Andy knows his area of expertise very well and is able to articulate this well to me. Due to the complexity and my unfamiliarity of estate planning and finance it, I often must have a repeat lesson on why we did something in the manner in which we did, and he is unfailingly patient and thorough in his explanations. This firm is simply great to work with and do an excellent job.
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Posted by Emily | February 18, 2019
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Incredibly knowledgable and wise - such a wonderful and reassuring experience!
Andy helped us set up our estate plans after my mother past away. Without his and his team's help, I would have been completely overwhelmed at an already difficult time. Now I rest easy, confident in the knowledge that I have provided for my family and my own long-term stability.
Posted by Sandra Grace | March 28, 2018
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Best Friend and Attorney
Andy wrote my original trust in 2003. In the past 15 years he has rewritten and updated my trust every year. He has given me sound advise regarding my trust and affairs thru divorce and the death of my Father.
Posted by Ginny | June 24, 2017
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Reviewing Andy Strauss
Andy has been extremely helpful to me and my family and he has given us a great deal of useful advice and support. I have recommended him to my friends.
Posted by M.Wilson | November 2, 2015
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Tremendous Attorney
I was fortunate indeed to find Mr. Strauss. He was not only professional and knowledgeable but showed caring, compassion and thoughtfulness on every level. He showed a great deal of understanding for my particular situation and he and his wonderful staff made me feel that I was his top priority and only client. If Mr. Srauss wanted to clarify an issue he did not hesitate to call in someone else. It gave me a great deal of confidence that not only his opinion and advice were always verified but that he was willing to take that extra step. He truly, truly had my best interest at heart not only for the present but for the future. After our business was completed another matter unrelated came up. I called the Strauss Firm for an appointment and to my amazement he took my call and put me in contact with someone who could best assist in my situation. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Strauss and his firm and say that you would indeed be fortunate to be associated with him. M. Wilson
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Posted by Lee Rushlow | May 8, 2015
Excellence in every sense
I have worked with Andy for nearly a quarter century, so it is safe to say we have some history. It is difficult for a layman to evaluate a professional's expertise. After all, one hires professionals for access to expertise. But it is not difficult to evaluate a professional on many other levels. First and foremost, Andy is the best communicator I know. He makes sure he understands exactly what you are trying to do and in so doing, makes sure you yourself understand exactly what you are trying to do. He then expeditiously translates your plans and objectives into clear legal documentation. OK, possibly there is no such thing. But Andy explains what he has done so well and clearly that even the very inexperienced can follow along. Secondly, I can easily evaluate his responsiveness. Andy has responded to me within hours of my every inquiry, even on a Sunday evening. Finally, It is one thing to prepare legal documentation, such as Trusts, Wills and the like, but it is quite another to defend the work involved clearly and persuasively. Andy helped me respond to an IRS challenge in such a manner that the matter was dropped immediately, and believe me, the issues were complex. I could not ask for a finer attorney or a more responsive friend than Andy Strauss.
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Posted by Dudley | April 21, 2015
Andrew A. Strauss
I recently worked with Andy Strauss on a trust matter and found him to be professional, direct, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Dawn | March 10, 2015
Superb experience with a great lawyer!
Andy Strauss assisted us in creating an estate plan that is perfectly tailored to our needs. He did a terrific job of explaining our options and advising us of how we can best meet our goals. His service included new Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, and a comprehensive Trust to cover incapacity and/or death. He is extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with, and responsive to our needs. He was highly recommended to us, and we highly recommend him for any estate planning needs.
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Posted by Ann | December 29, 2014
A very supportive lawyer.
Things weren't easy when my husband and I first went to Andy Strauss about making Trusts. We received excellent help and advice then. After my husband's death I needed to re-work my own Trust, and again, it would be hard to imagine better service from him himself, as well as others in his office. I would certainly return to him as needed and would be happy to recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Professionalism at its Best!!
I have been part of the financial services industry for 10 years and during that time I have encountered and worked with many different estate attorneys and firms. In my opinion, Andy Strauss is premier authority in Western North Carolina on issues of wills, estates, trust, and trust administration. Andy and his staff handle each one of their clients with integrity and genuine care. From the moment you walk into their beautiful office, you will feel the professionalism and competence of this firm. They spend quality time getting to know their clients and their special needs and issues. They are then able to customize the most suitable estate plan to fit thier needs. The best part of Andy and his staff is that the service continues after the intial plan is completed. They stay well informed on changes in law and taxes that affect their previously completed plans and will reach out and contact you to be sure your plan always reflects and can accomplish your wishes. I am a mother of a young child and when it came time for my husband and I to put a plan in place to care for our daughter should something happen to us, there was no one else I would have trusted to do the work. I recommend Andy and Strauss and Associates as the best attorney and planning practive in Western North Carolina.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Professionalism at its Best!!
I have been part of the financial services industry for 10 years and during that time I have encountered and worked with many different estate attorneys and firms. In my opinion, Andy Strauss is premier authority in Western North Carolina on issues of wills, estates, trust, and trust administration. Andy and his staff handle each one of their clients with integrity and genuine care. From the moment you walk into their beautiful office, you will feel the professionalism and competence of this firm. They spend quality time getting to know their clients and their special needs and issues. They are then able to customize the most suitable estate plan to fit thier needs. The best part of Andy and his staff is that the service continues after the intial plan is completed. They stay well informed on changes in law and taxes that affect their previously completed plans and will reach out and contact you to be sure your plan always reflects and can accomplish your wishes. I am a mother of a young child and when it came time for my husband and I to put a plan in place to care for our daughter should something happen to us, there was no one else I would have trusted to do the work. I recommend Andy and Strauss and Associates as the best attorney and planning practive in Western North Carolina.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Strauss & Associates PA
  • 1994 - Present
  • Vice President
  • Xerox Corporation (LMV)
  • 1982 - 1991
  • Attorney
  • Mahoney Hadlow & Adams (McGuire Woods)
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
  • Washington DC Superior Court
  • 1978 - 1979
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA - Masters
  • 1975
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section
  • Governing Council member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning
  • 2001 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Technology Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer--North Carolina
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Am Jur Award in Contracts
  • Emory University
  • 1976

Publications

  • Generations
  • Co-Author
  • 1998
  • Legacy--Planning Your Estate
  • Co-Author
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina/South Carolina Societies of Anesthesiologists
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • 2008
  • North Carolina Bar Estate Planning
  • Discount Entity Planning
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"Andy leads an excellent firm, truly a thought leader in the practice area. They focus on the client and their unique situation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Other
"I've known Andy for about 20 years. I have participated in many professional education programs with Andy over those years. There is no question from my experience with him that he is among the best in the country at what he does. I strongly recommend Andy as an attorney that will do the best possible to address your individual issues."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andy is impressive. He has a dry sense of humor and great insight to the essence of any legal problem and is able to identify practical, implementable solutions."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Other
"I am blown away by Andy and his knowledge of alternatives available to his clients. Creative, thoughtful, insightful and passionate."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Andy for over 20 years. Andy is an engaged listener, and his clients are immediately comfortable with him. He is also a very thoughtful businessman who keeps his practice on the cutting edge of the law."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an estate planning attorney and a Certified Public Accountant in Florida with over 35 years of practice helping clients design estate plans, I have learned about a number of techniques from Andy. Andy has a unique way of explaining technical concepts in a manner that makes them understandable. He often shares his knowledge and skill that he has gained in estate planning through his experiences with colleagues in a study group where we collaborate. If you are in need of advice with respect to estate planning, I would highly recommend you seek Andy's counsel."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew A. Strauss as a "go-to" attorney for Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection, Special Needs Trusts and Probate."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Working with Andy for over three years now has really catapulted my capabilities and exposure to high net worth clients. Thank you!"
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