Harris M. Livingstain

Harris tackles issues relating to estate planning, as well as trust and probate administration. His practice ranges from the very simple to very complex multi-generational estates where his focus is on estate and income tax reduction and asset protection. Harris also represents owners of closely-held or family businesses and assists them in succession to succeeding generations. Where appropriate, he also helps develop strategies for the sale of a family business to a third party. He has been successful in representing fiduciaries of estates and trusts in gift and estate tax audits.


  • Transitioned high profile local businesses to second and third generations
  • Obtained IRS concessions of additional income taxes in audits
  • Reduced gift and estate taxes due by implementing pre-death and post-mortem planning vehicles and methods


George Washington University (B.A., 1979)
Howard University (J.D., 1982)
New York University (LL.M., 1985)
Georgetown University (LL.M. Tax, 1990)


District of Columbia (1986)
North Carolina (1992)
N.C. State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law


As part of his community involvement, Harris has participated in:

  • Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila, Board Member
  • Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Professional Advisors Committee and Member, Finance Committee
  • Pisgah Legal Services, Former Board of Directors
  • Leadership Asheville Class of 2013


Best Lawyers in America®, Closely Held Companies, Family Business Law, Trust and Estates (2018 – 2024)

Super Lawyers®, Estate and Probate (2015 – 2024)

Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite, Tax-Estate Planning (2015, 2017, 2019 – 2022, 2023, 2024)


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