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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Ray S. Farris COUNSEL
Tel: 704-998-2223 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Business Succession Planning


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1967)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1962)


  • North Carolina, 1967

Representative Transactions

  • Estate Planning and Administration of Estates.
  • Representation of individual and corporate fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates, including issues arising from alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, and interpretations of will and trust provisions.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America - Trust and Estates and Litigation - Trust & Estates sections (2007-2019)
  • Selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers - Estate Planning & Probate (2006-2015, 2018)
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Ayscue Professionalism Award Winner (2010)
  • Named Charlotte Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates Law (2017, 2018)
  • Legal Elite Tax and Estate Planning - Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Francis J. Beatty Award Winner - Catholic Social Services (1994)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional Affiliations

  • Past President, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Past President, Charlotte Estate Planning Council
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar 
  • Mecklenburg County Bar 

Community Involvement

  • Board of Governors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (July 1997-2009)
  • Trustee and Past Chairman, North Carolina State Bar IOLTA (1989-1996)
  • Trustee and Past Chairman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation - now part of The Foundation for the Carolinas (1994-2004)
  • Trustee and Past Director, Metropolitan YMCA
  • Chair, Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture Committee on Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006-2016)
  • Member, Council of the University of North Carolina Press (2012-2016)