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A. Frank Johns


Principal Partner


A. Frank Johns was the first North Carolina attorney to earn an LLM, masters in law in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law (2008), and currently serves on its faculty as an adjunct professor of law. Johns is a leader of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, having served on its Board (1992-2002), as President (1999-2000), Charter Chair of the Carolinas Chapter (1993), Charter Chair of the reorganized North Carolina Chapter (2011), Publications Chair (2010-2012), Editor in Chief of the NAELA Journal (2008-2010) and Steering Committee Chair (2006-2007) and current member of NAELA-CAP (Council of Advanced Practitioners). Johns organized and chaired the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Committee (1993), and organized and was the charter chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section Council (1995-1997). Johns also served as a charter member of the North Carolina State Bar Elder Law specialization committee.


He currently serves as President of Senior Resources of Guilford. Along with countless published articles and manuscripts, Johns co-authored Counseling Older Adults (2005), and was a contributing research expert in Why Wills Won't Work (2007).


Areas of Practice

Elder Law, Guardianship, Disabilities, Special Needs Trusts, Special Education Law, Fiduciary Litigation and Legal Ethics.


Other Professional Achievements

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by National Elder Law Foundation (1996-present)

  • Board Specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar (2009-present)

  • The Best Lawyers in America (Elder Law) 2007-present

  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Martindale Hubbell) (2005-present)

  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated (1985-present)

  • Super Lawyers list (2009-present)

  • Society of Financial Service Professionals Board of Directors - GSO Chapter (2006-2012)

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Fellow 1995

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow 2000

  • Western Carolina Chapter Alzheimer's Association, President (2005-2007), Board (1997-2009)

  • North Carolina House of Representatives Study Committee on the State Guardianship LawsSigma Phi Omega - National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology – 2004

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Visiting Associate Professor (2006 - present)

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Centers Board (1998-2005)





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