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Larry S. Hartley

Elder law Attorney at Asheville, NC

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1996
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About Larry

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Focusing on the unique issues and needs of older individuals, elder law extends beyond simple estate or retirement planning. When it comes to navigating the laws and regulations involving Medicaid, Social Security, assisted living, and specials needs trusts for yourself or a loved one, retaining the services of an experienced elder law attorney can help ensure you and your family are protected and taken care of.

  2. Estate planning
    Estate Planning is the process of planning how all the things one accumulates during a lifetime are distributed and handled following a person’s death. While there are many factors determining the complexity of the estate planning process, each can be simplified with the guidance of an experienced North Carolina estate planning lawyer. Regardless of age, planning for your family’s future in the event of your death or incompetency should be a stress-free process with professional guidance.

  3. Medicaid and medicare

Larry S. Hartley is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and a Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the NC State Bar, one of the first of 11 Board Certified Elder Law attorneys in North Carolina. After receiving his B.S with honors from University of Missouri in 1982, Larry went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1996 from University of Florida College of Law. Larry has held admissions since 1996 to both the North Carolina Bar and U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2003-present). Larry also a member of the Asheville-Biltmore Rotary Rotary Club, and is a past president of the club.


Larry has been successfully working in the law industry since receiving his J.D. From 1996 to 1998 he worked as an associate for W. Leon Davis & Associates, following which he started his own firm, Larry S. Hartley, P.C., until 1999. He served as an associate for the firm of Douglas K. Simmons & Associates from 1999 until November 2002, when he left to work with Strauss & Associates, P.A. the firm name has changeds to Strauss attorneys, PLLC.  Larry Hartley is now a member of Strauss Attorneys, PLLC.


In an effort to reach out, educate, and engage with the community, Larry frequently holds public seminars on Veterans benefits and Medicaid eligibility for long-term care.


Larry is married to Cindy L. Hartley with two beautiful children, Don and Anna.  In his downtime he is active in scouting, backpacking, camping, and swimming. Larry is Eagle Scout and was active in Boy Scouts until 2011.

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Larry S. Hartley
77 Central Avenue, Suite. F
Asheville, NC, 28801


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Posted by David | February 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Work
Our original trust was created many years ago in Illinois and we wanted to update it in the State of North Carolina, where we now reside. Larry and his staff did an exceptional job of walking us through every stop of the process and creating an extensive document which covers all aspects of our estate plan.
Posted by Robert and Silver | December 1, 2014
Elder care, Medicare, Medicaid, and VA
We sought legal advice from Mr Hartley when our mother unexpectedly fell and had to be placed into a skilled nursing facility. When it became apparent that she would be unable physically to return to her home, we had to quickly determine our options for paying for her long term care. We were at a complete loss as to how to navigate the paperwork and process of the DSS system. Mr Hartley was a godsend to us. He was able to quickly assess our family's situation, outline our options, and advise us how to proceed. He was highly knowledgeable, professional and gracious with us. We would recommend him to any family dealing with the quandary of funding care at a long term care facility, medicaid enrollment, and veterans benefits.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2014
Wills and Trusts
Larry provided me with my Will and Trust. This was my first experience with this type of legal work ,and Larry walked me through each step and was patient and kind as I asked questions and thought things over. I felt he gave solid advice and treated me as he would his own family. No question was too small to receive a full answer. He seemed very knowledgeable.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Strauss & Associates, PA
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Douglas K. Simmons & Associates
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Owner/President
  • Larry S. Hartley, P.C.
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate
  • W. Leon Davis & Associates
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Spec. Ops. Diving and Salvage Officer
  • United States Navy
  • 1982 - 1986
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Missouri
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Specialist Recertification
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law
  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2009
  • Accredited Attorney
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2009
  • Board Specialist Certification
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2006
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  • Gray Matters (Vol. 13, No. 4), NCBA
  • Conduit Share vs. Accumulation Share: Difficult Choices, Important Consequences
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Discussion
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Summer Conference
  • Medicaid & Veterans Benefits
  • 2014
  • Summer 2014 Planning Conference
  • Long Term Care and Veterans Benefits Planning
  • 2014
  • Midsouth Forum Semi-Annual Conference
  • IRA Inheritance Trust
  • 2014
  • IRA Trusts Made Easy for Financial Advisers
  • IRA Trust Presentation
  • 2014
  • Fall Planning Seminar
  • Medicaid & Veterans Benefits
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Elder law Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the absolute privilege of hearing Mr. Hartley speak at a meeting of the North Carolina Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys today. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, but he is also a pleasure to listen to and a great public speaker. I have no doubt that his clients in Asheville are in good hands when they seek out his assistance for their planning needs. I highly recommend Mr. Hartley."

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Asheville Elder law Lawyer Larry S. Hartley
Larry S. Hartley
Elder law Attorney
Asheville, NC
Licensed for 27 years