Stephanie K. Faris

Stephanie K. Faris

Personal, proactive, and focused estate planning and elder law.
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate
  • North Carolina
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Biography

Stephanie joined the Cary Estate Planning team in May of 2023 as an Estate Planning Lawyer. She spent a combined eight years as a solo estate planning practitioner and then pro bono attorney in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She believes in proactive planning at all stages of our lives and aims to provide client-centered service.

Stephanie lived in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Ohio before attending Duke University in North Carolina, where she studied comparative religion. She relocated permanently to Chatham County after returning to Ohio briefly to study at Miami University.

During law school at North Carolina Central University, Stephanie served as Symposium Editor of the N.C. Central Law Review, President of OutLaw, and Secretary of the Women’s Law Caucus. She also volunteered extensively with the Pro Bono Project, earning the N.C. Bar Association Certificate for more than 75 hours of pro bono service. Stephanie earned the David Jolly Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and Support of the N.C. Central LGBTA Resource Center and graduated cum laude.

Stephanie lives in Pittsboro with her husband, two children, and their dogs, where she enjoys running and gardening, as well as volunteering for the Chatham County Schools and CORA.

Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Special Needs Planning
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
Cary Estate Planning
- Current
Contract e-Discovery Attorney
Various
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Pro Bono Estate Planning Attorney
The Law Office of Stephanie K. Faris, PLLC
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Attorney-Owner
Faris Law Firm
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Volunteer Attorney
Legal Aid of North Carolina--Pittsboro
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Law Student Volunteer
N.C. Central School of Law Pro Bono Program
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Volunteer Law Student Intern
U.S. Attorney's Office--Middle District of North Carolina
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Volunteer Law Student Intern
Legal Aid of North Carolina--Pittsboro
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Education
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2014) | cum laude; Elder Law, Estate Planning
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Duke University
B.A. (2003) | Comparative Religion
Honors: Dean's List
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Awards
Scholarship, Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section Annual Meeting
North Carolina Bar Association
Certificate of Achievement for Student Pro Bono Work
North Carolina Bar Association
David Jolly Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and Support of the North Carolina Central University LGBTA Resource Center
North Carolina Central University
CITI Law Scholarship
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Book Award in Torts
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Title III Law School Scholarship
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Professional Associations
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
- Current
Activities: Member: N.C. Chapter
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State Bar of North Carolina  # 47731
Member
- Current
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North Carolina Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member: Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section; Elder Law and Special Needs Section; Military and Veterans Law Section; Young Lawyers Division
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Young Lawyers Division; Senior Lawyers Division; Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
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Speaking Engagements
"Estate Planning FAQ", Chapel Hill, NC
Faris Law Firm with Opus Financial Advisors
"Applied Legal Ethics", Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid, Charlotte, NC
National Business Institute
"Using Special Needs Trusts", Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid, Charlotte, NC
National Business Institute
"Pre-Need Medicaid Planning", Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid, Charlotte, NC
National Business Institute
Certifications
North Carolina Certified Paralegal (2010-2013)
North Carolina State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Cary Estate Planning - Website
Website
Cary Estate Planning - Google Business Profile
Blog
Cary Estate Planning - Blog
Contact & Map
Cary Estate Planning
155 Parkway Office Court
Suite 200
Cary, NC 27518
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed