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PETER J. Harrison, J.D., LL.M.

Hi! I'm Peter, but most people know me as the guy who has the idea to solve a problem. I'm an estate planner and special needs/elder law attorney by trade, but I like to think of myself more as a trail guide.

My practice brings together elder law and special needs practices with high net-worth estate planning. Are you worried about paying for expensive long term care or have a family member with special needs that could lose benefits if he or she inherits? I have tools for those public benefits (such as SSI and TennCare/Medicaid) to address those problems. Worried about estate or gift taxes? There are tons of things we can do to help you there. How about mental incapacity? I've helped families prepare for that too. I’ve been down this trail before, and with a guide, we can do it together.

Licensed to practice law in:

  • Tennessee

  • Georgia

  • Alabama

  • Connecticut (inactive)

Education

  • LL.M., Taxation — Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., with a certificate in estate taxation.

  • J.D. — Mercer Law School, Macon, GA, with a certificate in advanced legal research and writing.

  • B.A., Economics — University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Professional Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association — Elder Law Section, Chair Elect

  • Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga — Director

  • Ambassador, BNI South East Tennessee

  • YPAC Chattanooga, Protégé 2018-2019

Biography

I was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, GA, where I earned my Eagle Scout rank and learned my love of nature. I graduated from the University of the South, home to beautiful outdoor spaces, and where I met my lovely wife, Kate, of Birmingham, AL. After law school, we followed the job market to Connecticut, where I began my practice. After several years living in the snowy northern end of the Appalachian Mountains, we decided to return to the South with our baby boy, Simon. Now we live on Signal Mountain, just outside of Chattanooga at the confluence of Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

I enjoy life and nature in the Appalachian Mountains; local sporting events like the Lookouts, Chattanooga Football Club, and SEC football; and skeet shooting or sporting clays.