Sarah Sparboe Thornburg

Sarah focuses on estate planning and estate administration. She provides knowledgeable assistance to a wide range of clients on issues ranging from guardianship of young children and planning for death to minimizing taxes. She helps individuals plan for death and incapacity by drafting necessary documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and trusts. She assists with the administration of estates of deceased or incompetent individuals. Sarah is approachable and easy to talk to, and enjoys making genuine and meaningful relationships with her clients. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was a high school social studies teacher and later served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Higgins with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Sarah Sparboe Thornburg McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorney Sarah Sparboe Thornburg

Contact Information

Office: 828.254.8800

48 Patton Avenue
PO Box 3180
Asheville, North Carolina 28802-3180

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Client Successes

  • Established long-term relationships with clients
  • Helped clients achieve peace of mind with compassionate end-of-life recommendations
  • Drafted necessary documents to smoothly assist clients with estate administration
  • Saved clients large tax burdens through careful tax planning processes

Community Involvement

  • Board Chair, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  • Board Member, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina
  • Board Member, Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Board Member, Working Wheels
  • Vice Moderator Elect, Presbytery of Western North Carolina
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
  • Asheville City School system


Tennessee State Bar in (1996)

North Carolina State Bar (1997)

Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association


Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1996)

Duke University (A.B., cum laude, 1990)


Best Lawyers® in America (2018 - 2022)

Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite, Tax-Estate Planning (2018 - 2020)

2009 NCBA William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award from the Buncombe County Bar