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Christopher M. Craig

Trusts Attorney at Asheville, NC

4.5   17 reviews

also known as Chris Craig, Christopher Craig

  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 6 years
    North Carolina - NC 22 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    60%
    Protect your legacy through foundational estate planning (revocable living trusts) with the help of an experienced attorney.

  2. Business
    20%
    We focus on guiding new and ongoing business owners as outsourced in-house counsel (including business creation, upkeep, contracts, and sales transactions).

  3. Adoption
    10%
    We insist on giving diplomatic, relationship-focused attention to your adoption, bringing organization, efficiency, education…and finality.

  4. Elder law
    5%
    We focus on helping people who are worried about losing everything they've worked for in life to pay for nursing home and health care costs.

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    Do you care what happens to your loved ones when you die? Protect your legacy through foundational estate planning (Trusts, Wills, Advance Directives).

PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONES & YOUR BUSINESS TODAY. ESTATE PLANNING · SMALL BUSINESS LAW · ADOPTION LAW

Do you care what happens to your loved ones when you die? Protect your legacy through foundational estate planning with the help of an experienced attorney

Asheville attorney Christopher M. Craig built Craig Associates, PC with the needs of families in mind. Coupling knowledge and experience with a unique ability to cultivate personal relationships with every client who walks through his door, Chris Craig can help you prepare for the future so you can sleep easier today.

As a father, Chris knows first-hand the importance of ensuring your family lives on comfortably and happily when you are no longer around—and as a lawyer, he knows the best way to do that is through proper planning long before the need arises.

With a focus on the logistical, financial, and emotional aspects of giving your loved ones a better future through trust-based foundational estate planning, Chris Craig collaborates with every client to build a solid estate plan that fits your needs and evolves with you throughout your life, including: revocable & irrevocable trusts, wills and living wills, nomination of guardianship, and more.

Chris seeks to guide you in creating the most appropriate estate plan for you and your family, one that protects your loved ones but that isn’t overly complicated or difficult to maintain. He helps protect your kids and your assets when bad stuff happens to you.

Chris is known for utilizing his teaching, collaborative law, and mediation experience to approach clients in a way that empowers them to be proactive in their lives, no matter whether they’ve sought help starting the family, maintaining the work they’ve created, or protecting the legacy they’ve worked to build.

Craig Associates PC can also help you grow your family through adoption and gestational surrogacy. Chris Craig is the only Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Fellow in Western North Carolina.

Let us help you make informed decisions for you and your family. Call us today.

 

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014,2013
Client's Choice
2014 2013

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Location

Craig Associates, PC
149 S. Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC, 28801

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Leslie | July 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very caring approach with solid expertise
Chris guided me in a thoughtful and detailed way through numerous estate issues, and his significant tenure and expertise in this area as well as family law made all the difference. I felt he gave me the service and care he would have afforded his own family. He spent the time I needed, and the education session I had with him made the process particularly efficient as well as comforting to me. Chris is an excellent communicator, and anyone would benefit from his many focused years of study and practice. I highly recommend Chris and his firm!
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Posted by Tricia | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service, sound advice
Chris Craig provided the advice and guidance I needed for a small business start up. He is technically excellent, personable and efficient. He clearly explained costs, fees and options. I am so excited about my new " adventure " and look forward to working with him in the future.
Response from Christopher Craig December 6, 2017
Tricia, thank you for your wonderful review!
Posted by Jen | November 9, 2014
Amazing Experience
Chris provided us with an exceptional experience. We went to him seeking a swift stepparent adoption. He was very knowledgable and willing to listen to our needs. We couldn't be happier with the results. Adoption was completed in a total of 14 days! He kept us informed every step of the way and was so excited to bring our case forward. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
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Posted by Sherry | October 27, 2014
Best adoption lawyer hands down
We could not be happier with the service we received from Chris, he cares about you and what you need willing to help you with any questions no matter what time of day he will get back to you. Best lawyer you could have the pleasure of working with.
Posted by Dan | October 27, 2014
Family Trust
Chris was the perfect choice for creating our family trust. He was not only knowledgeable and experienced, but genuinely caring and thorough. We walked away from the process knowing our affairs were in order regardless of long life or sudden tragedy. Chris took the fear and unknown out of the process, pushing back when necessary, while having OUR best intentions in mind. Absolute incredible process that provided the peace of mind hoped for when hiring a trust attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2014
GREAT AND VERY FAST!
Wonderful to work with! We have our wonderful son because of Mr. Craig!!! Please hire him when you need a lawyer for adoption!
Posted by Katy | October 9, 2014
Last-Minute Adoption - Chris Made it Happen
Without Chris Craig, we wouldn't have our son. We found ourselves in a last-minute hospital situation, hoping to adopt a baby boy born four days earlier. Upon recommendation from the hospital social worker we called Chris Craig to see if he could help us get all the needed paperwork in place prior to the baby's discharge scheduled for later that day. Chris said, "Give me 20 minutes to clear my schedule and I will make this happen". And he did. We will be forever grateful to him. He signs each e-mail as "Yours, Chris". And it's true. He is yours--at the ready, responsive and thorough in getting the job done. Also easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Elizabeth | February 20, 2013
Problem Solving Par Excellence
Chris Craig led my partner and myself through the process of creating new, and somewhat complicated, wills. He came up with solutions to what we'd thought were insoluble problems. His work with us was efficient, thorough, expert, and swiftly completed. Complementing the excellence of Chris's work is his style: relaxed, accessible, unfailingly friendly. He transformed what should have been a tedious exercise into a pleasant experience.
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Posted by Brandy | February 20, 2013
The guide we needed...
Divorce is difficult, no matter how you go about it. Chris was a wonderful guide for my ex-husband and myself. Our main goal was to make our divorce a peaceful and calm transition for our children. Chris gave us to the tools and support to make that possible. I can’t imagine divorce any other way. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Smart, thoughtful, persistant and loving
Mr. Craig brings a unique perspective to lawyering, one that includes a sense of heart. While certainly making a good living at what he does, his focus is on helping clients achieve their goals in the most efficient, cost-effective and healthy way possible. An attorney with heart.
Posted by Marc | February 19, 2013
I could have not picked a better counsel.
I hired Chris Craig in 2003. He handled the separation and divorce from my now ex-wife in a caring and professional manner. Chris was extremely knowledgeable and supportive and helped mediate all issues in a non-dramatic matter. This was very important since I have a special needs child and additional drama is and would have been the last thing my family needed. I later hired Chris on two more occasions to make adjustments to our separation papers as was needed. This process also went smoothly for both my ex-wife and myself. I highly recommend Chris for ones needs in these matters. The fact that I have used his counsel three times should give anyone confidence that they have picked an individual that is truly outstanding at what he does.
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Posted by Jim | February 19, 2013
Best Decision I made
I was referred to Chris by a friend as a down-to-earth trustworthy all around good guy, and one exceedingly capable of helping me out legally during a very trying time early on in my separation. Within 15 minutes of our first meeting, I knew I was in good hands. With all the other emotional and practical issues I was dealing with at the time, and during a period when my relationship with trust had been severely shaken, the relief was enormous knowing that the legal ramifications of custody and property division were being so very well sought after. I'm extremely grateful to Chris, and equally fortunate to have had him on my side as a guide, a counselor, and ultimately, as a friend. I give him my highest endorsement.
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Posted by Andrew | February 18, 2013
Masterful and effective at finding a deal that works.
Chris handled the complex mediation of the separation and divorce from my ex-wife. He was professional, knowledgable, warm, occasionally funny and light when it was needed most, and, most importantly, helped us find a deal that has supported us to care for each other and our two kids as well as possible, given a challenging situation. He kept our family together even as our marriage fell apart.
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Posted by Mark | February 18, 2013
I can't imagine a better experience.
Chris helped me through a very rough divorce in 2006, and managed to get me through it with cool heads prevailing all around. Through every step of the process he held my hand as much as necessary and helped me get excellent results at the end of the process. When you are going through something that emotional, it is critically important to feel as if you have a solid ally. Chris was that ally for me, and I expect with seven more years of experience under his belt he's a divorce ninja by now. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Lori | February 20, 2013
Excellent mediator
Chris exhibits a very ethical attitude and practice. I would describe him as honest and trustworthy without question. He specializes in mediation and is very skilled in this area. If your needs are for sound advice in a non-hostile dispute, Chris would come very highly recommended by me. I would say his practice is not geared toward extremely hostile situations and I would probably not recommend him for these situations. Chris has a very busy practice which I think affected his responsiveness and ability to keep me informed, hence my average rating in these two areas. Overall, I was very impressed with his ethical values and his honest method of practice.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Warning
Probably a good lawyer. But DO NOT pay in advance. We did and did not hear from again. To be fair it was in the Covid period, but still.
Response from Christopher Craig December 6, 2022
Thank you so much for your feedback. It sounds as if you hired us but that the work was not completed to your satisfaction. This is definitely not a result we condone, and I apologize. We invite you to reach out directly to us so that we may make it right. Your review was posted anonymously, so we cannot reach out to you. Please do call.
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Posted by Melody Meadows | October 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disappointed
Unfortunately I did not get to meet Chris…I was to have a meeting via zoom with an elderly friend that was in dire need of a Will. We were to meet Chris to discuss our needs. However, the form I had been emailed was asking for intense info that would have taken me several days to obtain. To paraphrase, I obviously was not refunded 250.00 but didn’t get to have consultation either. Most definitely was not impressed with Paralegal…very defensive attitude!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Lead Mediator
  • Round Table Mediation Centers, Asheville, NC
  • 2011 - Present
  • President and Managing Attorney
  • Craig Associates, PC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hunter, Higgins, Miles, Elam & Benjamin, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Hunter, Higgins, Miles, Elam & Benjamin, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Firm of Robert N. Hunter, Jr. PLLC
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • N.C. Central University School of Law, Durham, NC
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • North Carolina State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1995
  • Guilford College
  • A.B.
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • ICWA Adoption Relinquishment in Private Placement
  • Successful
  • Divorce Mediation

Associations

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Adoption Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • NC BarCARES program
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Triad Collaborative Law Association
  • co-founder
  • N/A
  • The Kids Come First Coalition
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • N/A
  • North Carolina's 28th Judicial District Bar
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Adoption Law for Hospital Workers
  • Overview of Adoption Best Practices for Hospital Staff, Social Workers, and Management
  • 2013
  • Family Lawyers as Peace-Makers?
  • Basic Collaborative Law Training for Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Training
  • Advanced Collaborative Practice Training for Family Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Family Lawyers as Peacemakers?
  • Collaborative Law Basic Training for Lawyers
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
Endorse Christopher
Commercial real estate Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris represented a commercial borrower in a complex loan transaction. I represented the lender. Chris is a responsive, effective, attorney who truly cares about his clients. I look forward to working with him again."
Adoption Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with and against Chris on several cases over the years and have always had a very positive experience. He is organized and responsive, and is able to look beyond rote procedure and work toward logical, long lasting solutions to the stickiest of problems. It is clear that Chris cares about his clients."
Business Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is responsive, professional and very good to work with on business matters. I look forward to our future dealings."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher is great. I know him from law school and know him to be a competent, caring, and knowledgeable attorney. Don't hesitate to hire him."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Chris at conference and his ideas and vision for how to handle disputes and conflicts related to divorce and child custody disputes were truly inspiring to me. i plan to use some of the problem solving tools that Chris shared with me in my practice."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a true visionary who had the courage to challenge the broken family law system. He developed a private, affordable mediation process that combines legal and counseling professionals who collaborate to help families in conflict find satisfying and workable agreements. It is not surprising that he was chosen to be one of the first legal architects at Wevorce, a company that is changing for the better the way people divorce. I heartily endorse Chris, and would refer friends, family, and clients to him in a heartbeat."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with and opposite Mr. Craig here in the Buncombe County area for many years. Chris has a unique ability to dissect information and get to the heart of a problem. Thereafter he develops very thorough and equitable solutions. Chris promotes civility and understanding in all matters in which he is involved. I highly recommend Mr. Craig as being an individual to speak with when attempting to resolve marital difficulties in a civil non-litigious matter."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris and I were opposing counsel on many family law cases. We were able to work together to create an atmosphere of trust and resolution. Our clients were pleased with their results and, best yet, were usually able to leave the office, after finishing their separation agreements, and go to lunch together."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Asheville Trusts Lawyer Christopher M. Craig
Christopher M. Craig
Trusts Attorney
Asheville, NC
Licensed for 22 years