John Potter is an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area with offices in Ballantyne and Huntersville. As an Elder Law Attorney, his practice focuses on the use of Wills and Living Trusts in Estate Planning to help individuals protect their families and preserve their legacies after their deaths, but his practice also focuses on the critical issues of protecting individuals with dementia or other diminished capacity, assisting individuals in qualifying for Medicaid and other government benefits to offset the costs of long-term care, and providing special needs planning. John is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio, and he is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
John 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.
After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003, John 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 litigation, including trust and estate litigation. His experience with the tragedy of estate and trust litigation led him to estate planning to help families put proper planning in place to minimize family disputes.
John practiced estate planning and elder law in the northern Kentucky office of his family’s law firm beginning in 2008. In 2012, John moved to North Carolina and opened the Charlotte office of the Potter Law Firm.
Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement
John is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association, where he has served on the Estate Planning Section’s Legislative Committee; John formerly served on the Elder Law Section Council and currently serves as co-Chair of the Elder Law Section’s Communications committee. John is also Vice-Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar.
In addition to his work with the bar, John’s involvement in his local community includes his work with the Mecklenburg County South Rotary Club (which welcomes any community member looking to join hands with other leaders to make a difference in the south Charlotte community, www.mecksouthrotary.org) and Forest Hill Church in Waxhaw (which welcomes everyone wanting to learn about God, grow, and make a difference in the community and world, www.foresthill.org) where he and his wife are members.