A. Frank Johns, JD, CELA, RG

A. Frank Johns is a nationally recognized legal authority in Elder Law, Guardianship, Disability Rights, Special Needs Trusts and Legal Ethics. Mr. Johns, BS '68 and JD '71, Florida State University, is a charter partner in Booth Harrington & Johns, LLP with offices in Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. He is past President of and a Fellow in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He is Board Certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation and a Registered Guardian. He was a charter Board member of the National Guardianship Association, serving from 1988-1993.

Mr. Johns is a well-published author, most recently co-author of Counseling Older Clients (American Bar Association, second edition, 2005). He has also written numerous law review articles, articles for national legal publications, including Trial Magazine; he is past editor of The NAELA Quarterly, and is currently a member of the NAELA Journal Editorial Board.

He has recently been named as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the new Masters of Gerontology/MBA Dual Degree Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mr. Johns is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and was the charter chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section (1996-1998). He created and co-chaired Wingspan - the Second National Guardianship Conference (2001). He is a frequent speaker on Guardianship, Elder Law, Special Needs Trusts and Legal Ethics, presenting on local, state, and national levels. He currently serves on the Boards of the Greensboro Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (Current Sitting President), Senior Resources of Guilford, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Seniors Centers, Tristan's Quest – Advocacy for Children with Mental Illness and the Corporation of Guardianship, Inc. and sits as the chair of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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