Joan Keston is “of counsel” to the firm. Joan is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.A. in biology and economics) and Villanova University School of Law (J.D.), and earned an L.L.M. from the University of Miami School of Law. She has practiced law and worked in business for over 35 years. Joan is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Florida, and is a VA accredited attorney. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the NC Chapter of NAELA, Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel, the NC Bar Association, and the Elder & Special Needs Law and Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Sections of the NC Bar Association. She serves on the committee of the Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network, serving Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties, and is a member of the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission.
Prior to forming J.A. Keston Law, PLLC, Joan worked as an international legal consultant, and as a business attorney focusing on complex financial projects and acquisitions. She has worked with public and private corporations, start-ups and non-profit organizations. She has been a Faculty Advisor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and on the Advisory Council at Kenan-Flagler’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Joan was a finalist for Wilma Magazine’s 2014 Women to Watch!
Joan has a son who is a graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and High Point University.
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“Going through so many difficult issues with my late husband, parents, grandparents and aunt for long periods of time, I decided to apply my life experience and legal and business experience to counsel and assist other people. My work in business and finance has been a valuable asset in this process. It is more than just estate planning or long-term care or asset protection; it is life planning that should address and integrate all of these concerns. It also requires an understanding of what people are facing and the passion to help.”