About

Areas of Law

Estate Planning [email protected]
Estate Administration [email protected]

Sarah P. Wenzel handles estate planning, mainly through revocable living trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, living wills, and other related documents. She also handles probate and estates, including court proceedings and accounting and other legal documents. Her clients are typically individuals and couples needing estate planning, as well as the Executor, Personal Representative, Trustee, or Guardian.  She does not handle any estate disputes or litigation, and does not represent beneficiaries.  She focuses on helping the named Fiduciary fulfill their responsibilities.

Sarah Wenzel grew up in Connecticut, before finding her way to Western North Carolina. She graduated cum laude from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration. Sarah then received her law degree with honors from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. In law school, she served for two years on the American University International Law Review, and as note and comment editor for one year.

Sarah Wenzel is very involved in the Haywood County community. She currently serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and on the Board for Habitat for Humanity.

In the past, Sarah has served the local community through Board of the Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, on the Grants committee, and Altrusa International, Inc. of Waynesville as member, Scholarship Committee Chair in, and as President in 2007-2008. She has also volunteered for the Haywood County School Foundation and Folkmoot USA. 

Sarah is a member of the Fiduciary Law section and the Elder Law section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Areas of Law

  • Estate Planning
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills and Probate
  • Living Wills
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Decedents Estates
  • Probate Administration
  • Estate Administration
  • Living Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Pet Trusts
  • Trust Law
  • Trust Planning
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Advance Directives
  • Guardianship Administration
  • Elder Guardianship

Admissions Details

  • 2003, North Carolina
  • 2003, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Education

  • American University, Class of 2003, J.D.
    • cum laude
    • Note and Comment Editor
    • A.U. International Law Review
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Class of 2000, B.S.B.A.
    • International Business
    • cum laude

Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina (Member, Section on Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law)
  • Haywood County and 30th Judicial District Bar Associations

Languages

  • French

Meet Sarah's Staff

Sarah and her staff work as a team to ensure the best representation and communication for our clients.

Laura, Paralegal

Laura has been working in estate administration since the early 1990s, beginning in Missouri and then in North Carolina when she moved here in 2001. Laura joined our firm in August of 2003 where she continues to assist our clients through the estate and probate department.

Tiffany, Paralegal

Tiffany has been with our firm since January 2012, after working for other firms in town and in banking. She moved to the estates and probate department in 2015, where she continues to serve our clients.

Christine, Bookkeeper and Client Intake

Christine joined our firm in early 2019, after living in various parts of the country. She is the office bookkeeper and assists the estate paralegals with accountings. She also assists new clients by providing basic information and scheduling.