William Patrick Hobson

William Hobson, Charlotte lawyer with experience in estate planning

About me

I currently limit my practice to non-tax-related estate planning and probate/estate administration.

Many clients want a “simple,” low-cost will; they don’t want to talk about “estate planning.” What they do not realize is that simple wills do not dispose of non-probate property, such as life insurance proceeds, IRA and 401(k) plan benefits and joint proper. Simple wills may not provide adequate protection for property passing to minor children, and they may not provide the desired disposition of assets when the anticipated beneficiary predeceases the person who makes the will.

When preparing a will, one needs to discuss in detail his or her family circumstances and assets with a lawyer who is experienced in advising and counseling. Preparing a will is no substitute for designing an estate plan.

Practice areas

Estate planning

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate tax counseling
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Advanced healthcare directives

Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • BV Distinguished® peer rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association


  • North Carolina
  • 26th Judicial District
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • J. D., 1971, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
  • A.B., 1964, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • U.S. Army (1965-1968)