Dori J. Dixon


Trusts and Estates | Elder Law and Special Needs Law

Dori Dixon’s practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. She counsels clients on issues including special needs planning, guardianships, Medicaid, wills, trusts, estate administration, probate, powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, and living wills.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dixon was a partner with Wiggen Law Group PLLC in Durham, North Carolina.

Ms. Dixon has a special interest in elder law. Working with seniors and persons with special needs has always been a passion for Dori. As a teenager in her home town of Greensboro, North Carolina, she waited tables at Friends Home, a continuing care retirement community, and in college, Dori brought dogs from the local animal shelter to a nearby nursing home so the seniors could participate in pet therapy. In college, Dori also began working with individuals with special needs by participating in a program that paired college students with special needs adults for social outings. Dori enjoys the privilege of assisting families to implement planning that takes into account each client’s unique needs.

Dori’s interest in elder and special needs law extends beyond the office. Dori has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, President of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Chair of the Elder and Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.  She is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate planning, elder law, and special needs law.

Dori lives in Durham with her husband, Josh, their son, Grey, and their dog Walker.


Appalachian State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000

University of North Carolina, J.D., 2004

Bar Admissions
North Carolina
Professional Activities

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law (Elder Law) 2013-2017

NC Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President 2017, Vice President 2016, Treasurer 2014-2015, Secretary 2013

North Carolina Bar Association, Elder and Special Needs Law Section, past Chair 2016; Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, member

Chapel Hill and Durham Elder Resources (CHADER), Board member 2013-2016

ElderCounsel, LLC, member

Awards and Publications

A Public Benefits Guide for the Family Law Practitioner, North Carolina Bar Association, 2016

North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2014

Ethical Considerations When Representing the Elderly Client, National Business Institute, 2012-2013

How to Protect an Elderly Client's Assets, National Business Institute, 2012-2013

What To Do When a Spouse is Confronting Health Issues, The Estate Plan, National Business Institute, 2012-2013

Little Known Veterans Benefit Helps Pay for Long-Term Care, Retirement Resource Guide, 2011

Ask The Expert, Elder Law & Estate Planning, Seniors Guide Magazine, 2010