Gregory T. Peacock

North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
252.672.5432 Fax 252.672.5477
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009
The Vault @ 411 Front Street (no mail service), Beaufort, NC

Greg is certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).  He also is certified by the North Carolina State Bar both as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and as a Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law. 

Greg frequently lectures to civic and community groups and at continuing legal education seminars on various topics relating to estate planning and administration and Medicaid planning. 

Prior to attending law school, he was a trust officer in Retirement Plan Services for First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.


  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law,1996. Wake Forest Law Review, Moot Court Board.
  • B.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Super Lawyer," Estate Planning & Probate, North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2017-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® 2010-2024
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Tax/Estate Planning, 2010, 2013-2016, 2018, 2021-2023
  • "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers®, 2015

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Arendell Parrott Academy (board of trustees 2008-present; executive committee 2010-2012; secretary 2012-2015; vice-president 2016-present)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Craven Alumnus, Class of 2000)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Elder & Special Needs Law; Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law
  • North Carolina Community Foundation (Craven County affiliate board member 2003-present)
  • North Carolina State Bar — Specialty Committee: Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Southeast Fellows Institute of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel, Class of '21

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1996
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2024
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 20234
  • 2024 Chambers USA

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