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M. Gayle Corley

Estate planning Attorney at Little Rock, AR

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Gayle Corley

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Trustworthy, accessible and compassionate, I return calls and reply to emails promptly. After practicing law for more than 30 years I still enjoy meeting with individuals and families to explain how simple and low stress estate planning can be.  We tailor each estate plan to each client's needs, which means the unique issues that present themselves keep things interesting and keep us always learning.  A comprehensive estate plan should nominate guardians for children under age 18 and for the person creating the plan (in case of an accident, stroke or dementia), advise loved ones of the client's wishes regarding health care, including end of life decisions, and provide for the distribution of assets after a death consistent with the client's wishes - to the people and causes most important to them, when appropriate based on each person's maturity.  We work to avoid guardianship and probate when possible so as to save expenses and keep our clients' financial affairs private.  As people age and fear being impoverished by long term health care costs, we consider it a privilege to help you protect assets and plan for eligibility for Medicaid and/or Veterans Administration pension benefits.  

Licensed for 37 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/17/2022
State AR
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 12/05/2022

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

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Corley Law Firm
415 N Mckinley St Ste 445
Little Rock, AR, 72205-3166


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Posted by Bobby | September 21, 2014
Gayle Corley Review
Ms. Corley has done work for our organization for approximately twenty years. I have always found her to be responsive to our needs and to give us excellent advice. She is a bright, hard-working attorney and a person of absolute integrity.
Posted by David | September 4, 2014
Extraordnary Expertise, Communication and Service
My widowed mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. My sister and I want her to live independently as long as possible. Part of our concern is her becoming the financial victim of criminals who prey on the elderly. We suggested and she agreed that creating an irrevocable trust was the right thing to do. I can’t imagine having had a better experience with any attorney than we had with Mary Gayle Corley. Helping a parent establish an irrevocable trust to put the bulk of their assets aside and out of their control for their children to receive when they pass, can feel awkward. I appreciated the checks and balances Gayle had in place to ensure the grantor, my mom, was fully willing and able to make the decision to create the trust and was not being victimized. The service we received was extraordinarily personal. The strategy of the trust felt very individualized to our family rather than a template where our names were merely inserted into standardized forms. I recall when we were discussing how much money to leave out of the trust to ensure my mother had all she needed, Gayle recommended a certain amount. I suggested doubling it. Instead of telling me that the action was “wasteful” as some could easily argue, she understood and supported my need to ensure the creation of the trust would never leave my mother wanting for her needs. That’s when I knew we were in great hands as we were working together. Gayle's level of communication with us was truly remarkable. I never felt “talked down to”. She kept the legal jargon to a minimum and explained things in layman’s terms we could understand. Since the service was so personalized, we talked and emailed a good bit. The speed of her responsiveness was incredible. There were times I felt like my family was her only client. Of all the service she gave us, I have to say the education was the most valuable. Of course we have a solid, legal document but more importantly we understand how it works. While the trust won’t require a lot of maintenance, we know what to do and what not to do. Finally there is the cost of creating a trust. For anyone questioning the value, I’d recommend they figure the cost as a percentage of the value of the assets they want to protect. It will be in the low single digits for most families and less than one percent for some. Months after our business was concluded, I still get an occasional email from Gayle with information she thinks would be beneficial to our family's situation. Her service to us was and continues to be beyond exceptional. She comes with my family's highest recommendation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Corley Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Member
  • Ball Corley PLLC
  • 2013 - 2018
  • General Counsel, COO
  • Colliers International - Arkansas
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Of Counsel
  • Thelen Reid & Priest
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Friday, Eldredge, & Clark, LLP
  • 1985 - 2002
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  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Arkansas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Medicaid Eligible
  • Successful award of Medicaid benefits.
  • Medicaid Eligible
  • Successful award of Medicaid benefits.
  • Medicaid Eligible
  • Successful award of Medicaid benefits.


  • Arkansas PBS Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • John and Robyn Horn Foundation
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Heifer International Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Central Arkansas Library System Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2020
  • RAIN Arkansas, Inc. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network)
  • Board of Directors, past President
  • 1992 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer: Trust and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock
  • Soiree Magazine/Arkansas Business
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Arkansas
  • Arkansas Life
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock
  • Soiree/Arkansas Business
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock
  • Soiree/Arkansas Business
  • 2015
  • Real Estate Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Best of CLE
  • LGBTQ Rights - What Business Attorneys Should Know
  • 2018
  • Animal Rights Conference
  • What Estate Planning Lawyers Must Know About Elder Law
  • 2017
  • Elder Law
  • What Attorneys Need to Know About Elder Law
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning & Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning for LGBT Individuals
  • 2015
  • Probate Law
  • Elder Law
  • 2014
  • Employee Benefit
  • Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan
  • 2014
  • Employee Training at Colliers International
  • Commercial Lease Drafting & Negotiation
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse M.
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I would recommend Gayle to someone who needed help, and I look forward to working with her on future matters. She (refreshingly) understands that advocacy doesn't require that an attorney stop being reasonable."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy