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Smith Debnam, Attorneys at Law

At Smith Debnam, Attorneys at Law our Elder Law and Advocacy attorneys seek to provide seniors, along with their loved ones, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the proper legal documents and financial and estate plans in place for living life protected and secure after retirement. Elder Law attorney, Brett Thompson, devotes his practice exclusively to elder law matters, concentrating his focus in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate Litigation, Medicaid Planning, Guardianship, and VA Benefits.

He works to ensure that clients’ assets and rights are protected throughout their post-retirement years by leveraging his knowledge and expertise to counsel and assist clients through all phases of life planning for their golden years. From drafting and executing wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents to representing clients in matters of guardianship and protective orders, Brett engages with clients as their primary point of contact in all matters, from start to finish. Brett is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, just to name a few. Brett earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Brett spent more than a decade working in television news, including positions at CNN in Washington, DC; Bay News 9 in Tampa, FL; and News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, NC. He is an active participant and supporter of community organizations across the state, including the Durham Habitat for Humanity, The Triangle Area American Red Cross, The Ronald McDonald House, The Alzheimer’s Association, The NC Children’s Promise, and The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation.

  • Estate Planning & Elder Law
  • Probate Litigation
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Guardianship
  • VA Benefits Planning