Richard A. Kort

Richard A. Kort represents individuals, families, business entities and charitable organizations in estate planning, administration of trusts and estates, planned giving, tax, employee benefits and contract matters. Representations include the coordination of care for elder and disabled individuals, the administration of estates and irrevocable trusts and the development and implementation of business succession and compensation plans. He has led and taken part in complex financing and asset transfer transactions.

Client Successes

  • Settled interfamily disputes through mediation
  • Participated in financing transactions for issuance of tax exempt debt
  • Disposed of fractional interests in real properties for professional trustee
  • Formalized governance of charitable organizations and irrevocable trusts
  • Structured transactions to dispose of substantially appreciated assets to defer income tax
  • Transferred assets to family members to protect against creditors and for the allowance of public benefits

Community Involvement

  • Member Jewish Community Center of Asheville Capital Campaign Cabinet
  • Former president of the Western North Carolina Jewish Federation
  • Former board member for the Health Adventure, Asheville
  • Mountain Area chapter of the American Red Cross and McAuley Foundation


North Carolina (1991)

N.C. State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law

Certified Public Accountant, North Carolina


University of North Carolina (J.D., 1991)

Emory University (B.B.A., 1987)


Best Lawyers® in America (2018 - 2022)

Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite, Corporate (2020)