Dori J. Wiggen

schellbrayheadshotDori Wiggen is an attorney with Schell Bray PLLC.  Schell Bray has locations in both Chapel Hill and Greensboro.  You can reach Dori by phone at (919) 869-3074 or by email at

Dori J. Wiggen focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law and special needs planning.  In addition to her law practice, Dori is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of 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. She enjoyed it so much, she still takes her dog, Kaya, to visit with seniors.  (Check out Kaya’s visit to the Adult Day Health Care Program at the Durham County Senior Center)  It was in college that Dori began working with individuals with special needs by participating in a program that paired college students with special needs adults for social outings.  Now Dori enjoys the privilege of assisting families to implement planning that takes into account each client’s unique needs.

Dori is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. She currently serves on the Executive Council for the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as a Director on the board of the NC Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Dori is a frequent speaker on Estate Planning, Elder Law and Special Needs Law for community educational events.  If you would like Dori to speak at your event, please contact us at (919) 869-3074 for more information.

Dori can assist you and your family with the following issues:

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning and Administration/Probate
  • Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
  • Special Needs Planning for Persons with Disabilities
  • Guardianships
  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid/Special Assistance
  • Veterans Benefits


  • 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars
  • 2012 NC National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Member of the Year
  • 2012 AVVO Top Attorney; Estate Planning
  • 2012 AVVO Clients Choice Award; Estate Planning

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina, 2004


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C.; J.D., 2004
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.; B.A. 2000;   magna cum laude
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Elder Law Section; Executive Council
      • 2013 Chair; Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Estate Planning Section; Member
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • 14th Judicial District Bar
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • NC Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); Director
  • ElderCounsel, LLC; Member
  • Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney
  • Chapel Hill and Durham Elder Resources (CHADER); Board Member

Speaking Engagements

  • 2012 -2013 Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care; National Business Institute; Speaker
  • 2012 NC NAELA Unprogram; Facilitator
    • Advanced Medicaid
  • 2011-2012 NC NAELA Unprogram; Facilitator
    • Medicaid: Planning and Applying for Nursing Home and Special Assistance
  • 2011 Medicaid Update; National Business Institute; Speaker
    • Understanding Medicare Parts A through D and VA Benefits
    • The Medicaid Application
    • Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • 2011 Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention; Speaker
  • 2010 Caregiver Springbreak; Speaker
    • Legal Issues for Caregivers
  • 2010 Healthcare Reform Panel: Panelist
    • Changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Longterm Care
  • 2010 North Carolina Bar Association Basics of Elder Law CLE; Program Planner


  • 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
  • Do I Really Need a Will?; BOOM! Magazine; 2008
Wiggen Law Group PLLC
3500 Westgate Drive, Suite 701 DurhamNC27707 USA 
 • 919-680-0000