Christopher Wilms is an experienced estate planning, elder law, and probate lawyer.
He was raised in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. After graduating from Lee County High School in Sanford, NC, he attended East Carolina University, and after focusing his education on biology, chemistry, and classical civilizations, graduated with honors. From there, he went on to attend Campbell University for law school. While in law school, he won negotiation competitions, was inducted in the Order of Old Kivett for outstanding advocacy in competitions while upholding the highest ethical standards, updated multiple volumes of a nationally recognized contract law treatise, assisted with litigating civil rights claims on behalf of sexual harassment victims and those being discriminated against, handled numerous probate cases on behalf of the loved ones of deceased individuals, and assisted with the regulation of charitable solicitation licensing. After graduating from Campbell University with honors and becoming licensed to practice law in the State Courts of North Carolina, he went on to become admitted to the Federal District Courts in the Eastern and Middle Districts of NC.
Christopher found his passion in helping our state’s vulnerable population navigate the legal system, and helping people plan for the day when they might be vulnerable. This means advocating on behalf of people with cognitive decline due to age or illness, representing the interests of children, assisting grieving family members with navigating the process of transferring assets and settling the affairs of a deceased loved one, and calling people to account when they exploit children, the elderly, or those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This also means assisting thousands of families with the preparation of important documents to ensure a smooth transition of care and assets when the time comes for them. His career has been primarily focused on helping people through difficult and overwhelming situations, preventing the difficult and overwhelming situations from occurring, and making it an expectation of his clients to receive responsive service, to be made a priority, and to be in a partnership with their attorney during the process of creating solutions to the challenges facing his clients.
Christopher is a Mediator and is certified to handle disputes in Superior Court as well as Estate and Guardianship disputes before the Clerk of Superior Court. Christopher is equipped with tools to bring people to the table to work through issues involving the care of a loved one, the management of resources, and inheritance. In this role, Christopher uses his experience and skills to facilitate mutually agreeable resolutions while helping people involved in a dispute feel heard and considered.
Christopher is also licensed to produce life, health and long term care insurance. He obtained this licensure in response to numerous clients advising him that while they recognize the importance of life insurance, they were not able to evaluate life insurance products and were unable to determine whether life insurance agents were offering products that were in their best interest. Recognizing that estate planning attorneys did not often take an active role in this process because it was cost prohibitive for the client, Christopher obtained this licensure to allow him to broker with trustworthy agents and oversee the entire process, thus ensuring his clients were obtaining life insurance that was appropriate to his clients’ particular circumstances without charging his clients additional legal fees.
Christopher lives in Fuquay Varina with his two young children and amazing wife, Nancy. Most of his free time is spent attending his children’s athletic games, going to local parks, and otherwise enjoying the company of his family. He attends the Apex location of Hope Community Church and looks forward each year to attend at least a couple of the Holly Springs Salamanders baseball games and the NC Football Club soccer games.