Eldridge D. Dodson

North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4830 Fax 910.794.4877
Email edd@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Eldridge is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She assists all types of clients in drafting and implementing estate plans, including estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning. Eldridge also provide counsel to executors and trustees in administering estates and trusts.  Her clients value her experience, expertise and responsiveness. She frequently lectures to civic and community groups and at continuing legal education seminars on various topics relating to estate planning, estate administration and elder law. Prior to joining the firm, Eldridge practiced in Florida and Alabama.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University Law School, 1980
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Alabama, 1976

Honors and Distinctions*

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association — Section: Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • New Hanover County Community Foundation (chair, board of directors)
  • New Hanover County Estate Planning Council
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Elder & Special Needs Law; Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law
  • United Way of the Cape Fear Area (Council on Philanthropy, member)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2005
  • Florida, 1993 
  • Alabama, 1980
  • All state courts in Alabama
  • All state courts in Florida
  • All state courts in North Carolina

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

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