Zach Marks

Trusts and Estates Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4833 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Zach is a trusts and estates attorney who helps clients create plans that will work for their unique circumstances. His practice focuses on estate planning and estate and trust administration. He assists individuals, families, and entities in the preparation of a wide range of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. 

Zach received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in school, he was involved in various organizations and pro bono activities, including being the Forum Editor of the North Carolina Law Review, serving as Treasurer to the Death Penalty Project, as well as being a member of the Carolina Health Law Organization, Lawyer on the Line, and Wills for Heroes. 

Prior to joining Ward and Smith full-time, Zach served as a Summer Associate in 2021.


  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2022; North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 100, Forum Editor; Certificates of Merit: Evidence & Criminal Procedure
  • B.A., Davidson College, 2018

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • New Hanover County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2022

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

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