Nicki Leigh Applefield

Nicki Leigh Applefield

Asheville, North Carolina
After working as a public benefits paralegal for Legal Aid of NC in Asheville, Nicki attended law school at West Virginia College of Law and thereafter pursued a career in Elder and Special Needs law. Today she focuses on General Estate  Planning and Administration, Guardianships, Medicaid and VA benefits Planning and Financial Exploitation cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Special Needs Law

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2011
  • South Carolina, 2013


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. - 2011
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
    • B.S. - 2007
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Introduction to Elder And Special Needs Law, NCBA Elder And Special Needs Law Section, Basics CLE, 2014
  • Introduction to Elder And Special Needs Law, NCBA Elder & Special Needs Law Section, Basics CLE, 2015
  • Is a Power of Attorney the Answer? Representing Clients in an Aging Population,, NCBA Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections , Joint CLE, 2015


  • Legal & Financial Life Care Planning, OLLI, 2015 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • NCBA Young Lawyers Division
  • Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyers Award Nominee, 2015 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2010 - Present
  • NCBA Elder & Special Needs Law Section, Council Member, 2016 - Present
  • NC Chapter of NAELA Board of Directors
  • Council on Aging of Buncombe County Development Committee
  • Member of Land of Sky Estate Planning Council

Past Employment Positions

  • Hart Law Group, Attorney, 2014 - 2016
  • St. John-Ritzen & Applefield Law, Attorney, 2012 - 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2012 - Present
  • Hospice Pro Bono Project Volunteer, 2012 - Present
  • A Gift to Your Family Advance Care Planning Volunteer, 2015 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Retirement Income Planning