Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Elder and Special Needs Law
Jesse focuses his practice in Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning. Jesse enjoys working with individuals and families of all ages to help identify their primary objectives and design plans to meet their needs. He helps retired-age individuals explore strategies for funding the high cost of care as well as Medicaid Long Term Care planning with the goal of preserving assets. He also assists individuals qualify for Medicaid Long Term Care and other government benefits, including Veteran Administration Aid and Attendance.
Jesse is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and those who have been injured. He works with plaintiff’s attorneys and their clients in settlement planning and he also assists persons settling lawsuits in post-settlement planning. Additionally, Jesse enjoys working with families of children with disabilities to help implement long term plans for the children’s financial security.
Jesse graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 with a B.A. in Economics. He earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University in 1986. After graduating from Duke University, he served as the Associate Minister at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham, NC from 1986 until 1988. He then entered law school at Wake Forest University, receiving a Juris Doctor degree in 1991. Upon graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law, he joined Mullen Holland & Cooper P.A. where he practiced in the area of Workers’ Compensation and Mediation before starting an Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning practice. In 2017, he and Anna Winger joined their practices to form Heritage Law, expanding the scope of services they offer clients in Gastonia, Hickory, Boone, and the surrounding areas.
Jesse is a certified N.C. Superior Court Mediator. His experience as a certified Mediator and in litigating workers’ compensation cases aids him in assisting persons who have been injured with post-settlement planning. Jesse is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the Bar Association. He serves on the Council of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section, and he is a member of NAELA. He is a member of the Gaston County Bar and the North Carolina State Bar.
Jesse is married to Robyn, who completed a M.Ed. at N.C. State University in Special Education, and is a teacher. During their spare time, they enjoy hiking the trails of Crowders Mountain State Park and visiting their children and grandchildren who live in Asia, the Middle East, and New York City.