Mary Hart | Owner/Attorney
For over 22 years, Mary Hart has represented a broad cross-section of clients in a variety of matters including wills, trusts, estate and gift tax planning (including estate planning for family owned businesses and large estates), long term care planning, trust and estate administration and litigation, guardianship matters, income taxation, commercial and residential real estate law (including §1031 exchanges, real estate closings, and lease/contract negotiations), construction law, contract law, and business law.
Mary Hart started The Hart Law Group in 2006. Forging her own path was not a new idea for Mary – after college, she moved to Alaska where her first job was gutting fish for 16 hours a day on a 250-foot salmon barge. She later moved on to practicing law, but after 19 years in Alaska she found herself drawn back to her North Carolina roots. After seeing the house at 93 Church, she “had this immediate vision that I needed to work in the building and start my own firm.”
Mary likes taking a non-traditional approach to both her life and law practice. Don’t expect to find her in a suit and pumps – she prefers jeans and cowboy boots with funky jewelry. She actively invests in real estate, owning several other businesses that provide luxury vacation rentals – the latest are downtown loft spaces on Church Street and Lexington Avenue. And, she recently became certified as a Second Level Reiki Practitioner.
When it comes to her law practice, Mary views it primarily as a customer service industry. She knows that “Lawyer-speak” can be daunting and she emphasizes a down-to-earth approach in handling and explaining your legal matters. Mary promptly returns phone calls (even answering calls herself if the receptionist is unavailable) and truly cares about the firm’s clients and their issues. After all, she and her staff are helping clients prepare for or deal with difficult life events, whether it’s starting a business, purchasing or selling a home, planning an estate, or dealing with the death of a family member. As Mary likes to say – “we’re okay if you think of us as your own personal Charlie’s Angels.”
The Hart Law Group has grown to employ four attorneys and five part and full time staff – all of whom are women! The firm’s practice areas include estate and trust planning and administration, probate, guardianships, domestic partnership planning, residential and commercial real estate closings, transactions and contracts, property disputes, business law, family law, 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, and self-directed IRAs.
Empowering people to protect their loved ones and plan for death and disability is a special focus for Mary. Several times a year, she participates in seminars that educate the public on wills, estate and trust planning, asset protection planning, or domestic partnership planning. Check The Hart Law Group Facebook page periodically for Mary’s upcoming speaking engagements.
93 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801