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Caroline T. Knox

Contact

Phone: (828) 697-6196 - Hendersonville
           (828) 258-2991 - Asheville (Tuesdays)
Fax: (828) 693-3999
Email: cknox@vwlawfirm.com

PERSONAL INFORMATION WORKSHEET
If you would like an appointment with Caroline,
please download and fill out the Personal
Information Worksheet and send it to her for
her review and recommendation, along with
a brief statement of your goals and objectives.
She will contact you to schedule an
appointment or phone conference.

Individual: Download
Couple: Download

Education

Wake Forest University
J.D., 2000

The College of William & Mary
B.A. in Philosophy, 1992

St. Mary’s College
A.A., 1990

Meet Caroline

Shortly after graduating from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2000, Caroline joined The Van Winkle Law Firm as a member of the firm's Trust and Estate Practice Group. She practices out of the firm's Hendersonville and Asheville offices. While at Wake Forest, she was Notes & Comments Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. Her primary practice areas are estate planning, estate administration, elder law and guardianship.

In 2009, Caroline was certified as an elder law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar. She was among the first class of ten attorneys to be certified in North Carolina and is currently one of only thirteen attorneys in the state who have earned the designation Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by The National Elder Law Foundation.

Caroline’s practice centers on traditional trust and estate planning and administration, with an emphasis on special needs trusts and other planning tools for clients with disabilities or with children with special needs. She also advises on guardianship, Medicaid and other public benefits planning.

Practice Highlights

  • Routinely creates special needs trusts for Medicaid/SSI recipients who would otherwise be disqualified from public assistance because of inherited assets or lawsuit recovery. These assets are sheltered for use in supplementing care provided by Medicaid/SSI.
  • Assists clients in “spending down” excess assets in order to enable a spouse in a nursing home to qualify for benefits, thus preserving assets for a surviving spouse and ultimately inheritance for the next generation.
  • Routinely files Medicaid and SA applications for clients.
  • Often serves as Trustee, Guardian, Executor and Power of Attorney when there are no suitable alternatives.

Professional Affiliations

  • 29th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Elder & Special Needs Law Section Membership Committee
    • Council of Elder Law Section, 2002 - 2006
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, NAELA Chapter, 2001 - Present
  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization - Board Certified in Elder Law

Contact

Phone: (828) 697-6196 - Hendersonville
           (828) 258-2991 - Asheville (Tuesdays)
Fax: (828) 693-3999
Email: cknox@vwlawfirm.com

PERSONAL INFORMATION WORKSHEET
If you would like an appointment with Caroline,
please download and fill out the Personal
Information Worksheet and send it to her for
her review and recommendation, along with
a brief statement of your goals and objectives.
She will contact you to schedule an
appointment or phone conference.

Individual: Download
Couple: Download

Education

Wake Forest University
J.D., 2000

The College of William & Mary
B.A. in Philosophy, 1992

St. Mary’s College
A.A., 1990

Work with Caroline

Caroline has lived in Hendersonville since 2003 and is married to Ashby. They have three children: Eleanor, Turner, and Henry. 

Caroline enjoys horseback riding and running. Each year she participates in the Mad Mountain Mud Run to benefit Hands On! A Child's Gallery in Hendersonville. Caroline also enjoys being a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troop.

Favorite Food
Shrimp and grits

Favorite Book
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Last Place Visited
Aruba

Guilty Pleasures
Chocolate and People magazine

Community Involvement

  • Kanuga Conferences
    • Board of Visitors, 2001 - Present
    • Endowment Board, 2012 - Present
  • MemoryCare Board Member
  • Henderson County Education Foundation
    • Board Member, 2012 - 2014
  • Hendersonville Council on Aging
    • Board, 2006 - 2011
  • Vocational Solutions of Hendersonville
    • Board, 2009 - 2011
  • Housing Assistance Corporation
    • Board, 2009 - 2011
  • Junior Welfare Club of Hendersonville, 2001 - 2006
    • Past President
  • Children and Family Resource Center
    • Board, 2001 - 2003
    • Secretary, 2002
  • Junior League of Asheville, 2000 - 2002