John Potter
The Potter Law Firm

1620 Carter Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101-7631
TEL: (606) 324-5516

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About The Potter Law Firm

The Potter Law Firm is an Estate Planning and Elder Law firm with offices in Charlotte, NC, Ashland, KY, and Erlanger, KY. Our mission is to provide residents of Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas and eastern and northern Kentucky with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Charlotte and surrounding areas and eastern and northern Kentucky can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About John Potter

John Potter is an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, North Carolina. His practice focuses exclusively on Estate Planning, helping individuals protect their families and preserve their legacies both during their lifetimes and after their deaths, including through Wills and Living Trusts; and Elder Law and special needs planning, assisting individuals in qualifying for Medicaid and other government benefits to offset the costs of long-term care, including nursing home care and other medical expenses.


After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003, Mr. Potter clerked for United States District Judge Jennifer Coffman in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2004, he joined the law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he practiced in the litigation section. His experience with estate and trust litigation left him with the conviction that he wanted to help clients proactively take control of their affairs both to avoid unnecessary, time-consuming, expensive, and heart-breaking litigation and also to give clients the peace of mind and benefits that come with proper planning.

With this aim in mind, Mr. Potter practiced estate planning and elder law in the northern Kentucky office of his family's law firm beginning in 2008. In 2012, Mr. Potter moved to North Carolina, and he opened the Charlotte office of the Potter Law Firm Office. He is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio, and he is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Mr. Potter received his B.A. in Economics from Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2000. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorney - North Carolina Chapter
  • North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Legislative Committee Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section, Section Council
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Kentucky Bar Association

Community Involvement

Mr. Potter believes he has a responsibility to devote his time and energy to improving the community where he lives and works. He has been actively involved in a number of civic organizations, including, prior to moving to North Carolina:

  • Kentucky Bar Association:
    Probate and Trust Law Section Vice-Chair, 2010-2011;
    Probate and Trust Law Section Legislation Committee Member, 2011-2012;
    Elder Law Committee Secretary, 2010-2012;
  • Llanfair Retirement Community, Cincinnati, Ohio, Advisory Board Member, 2009-2012;
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Mock Trial Committee Co-Chair, 2009-2011;
  • Covenant First Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, Elder, 2009-2012;
  • Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Public Service Award, 2009.

Mr Potter has contributed to a chapter on Living Trusts in West's Kentucky Practice Series, v.23, and has also provided Continuing Legal Education to other Attorneys in the area of Elder Law:

  • "Medicare Settlement Affirms That Maintenance Standard Is the Proper Standard for Skilled Care Reimbursements Rather Than Informal Improvement Standard," published in NCBA Elder Law Section Newsletter, March 2013;
  • "Guardianship Proceedings and Medicaid Update," presented at 2012 Kentucky Law Updates, Covington, Kentucky - Presentation on Guardianship and Medicaid Update;
  • "Ethical Considerations Relating to Duty to Report Elder Exploitation," presented at 2012 KBA Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky;
  • "Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits Planning," presented at 2011 KBA Annual Convention, Lexington, Kentucky;
  • "Ethical Considerations in Representation of Individuals with Diminished Capacity and Medicaid Update," presented at 2010 Kentucky Law Updates, Covington, Kentucky, and Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.