About The Forest Law Group

Understanding and valuing family just like you do is at the heart of our journey.

We opened our doors with the clear purpose of making legal planning easier and more compassionate for everyone. You won’t encounter intimidating legal jargon or distant attorneys here.

Because at the end of the day, we’re people who genuinely want to help other people.

At Forest Law Group, we firmly believe…

Family-Centered Approach

Our clients are not just transactions; they're like family to us. We treat every client with the same care and attention we would offer to our own loved ones.

Lifelong Support

Our relationship doesn't end once we provide you with the necessary documents. Life is unpredictable, and we're here to support you through every twist and turn it brings.

Prioritizing Education

We believe in the power of knowledge! Our commitment is to empower our clients through education so they can confidently make informed decisions.

Transparent Pricing

Transparency is key, especially when it comes to pricing. We're dedicated to being upfront about our fees, ensuring you have peace of mind.

Meet Brian, an Attorney who cares…

Brian Lawler brings a unique blend of legal knowledge and compassionate care to his clients. With a social service background that spans nearly a decade, Brian understands the complex needs of families and individuals facing various life challenges.

His practice focuses on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning & Asset Protection, Incapacity Planning & Guardianships, and serving adults and children with disabilities.

Before pursuing his legal career, Brian dedicated himself to social service, serving children, adults, and families across Western North Carolina.

This extensive experience equips him with the insight needed to address the holistic needs of clients dealing with capacity limitations. Moreover, Brian’s background allows him to effectively manage relationships within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of service providers, ensuring clients have access to a wealth of community resources.

Brian is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina, offering his legal know-how to a broader community of clients. His mission is to provide peace of mind to families by helping them navigate the legal complexities of life while maintaining control and living life on their own terms.

When you work with Brian and Forest Law Group, you choose a legal guide who understands your unique needs and is dedicated to a friendly, transparent, and inclusive approach to law.


Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Indefinite Confinement and the Unconstitutional Treatment of North Carolinians with Mental Retardation, 35 Campbell L. Rev. 189 (2013).

Awards and Honors

Campbell University Law Review, Symposium Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • NC State Bar Association Elder & Special Needs Law Section
  • SC State Bar
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Council on Aging of Buncombe County
  • Board of Trustees, Eliada Homes, Inc.
  • Vestry Member, Cathedral of All Souls

Meet our Ashville Elder Law Team

We wouldn’t be successful without our team of dedicated individuals.

Jean Lawler, Firm Administrator

As Firm Administrator, Jean is the powerhouse behind the scenes, making sure everything runs smoothly. She manages the operations of the firm, including Human Resources, Billing, Marketing, and Project Management.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Jean completed the Paralegal Certificate program at South College and went on to work in several law firms across North Carolina.

She and Brian live in Asheville with their three young daughters. When she’s not running carpool or helping with homework, Jean enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and exploring all the restaurants and entertainment Asheville has to offer.

Crystal Trevino, Legal Assistant

Crystal Trevino is a Legal Assistant who followed her heart from her native Texas to Western North Carolina in 2019, captivated by the allure of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

With a background in legal assistance and office administration, Crystal brings a wealth of experience to her role.

Outside of work, she has a passion for animals and enjoys spending her free time exploring the mountains and beaches of North Carolina, as well as attending live music events.

The time is now.

Safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

The Forest Law Group is dedicated to supporting Asheville families, seniors, and their loved ones in planning for what lies ahead.

Whether you’re looking to establish or revise your estate plan, prepare for long-term care needs, explore Medicaid eligibility for nursing home expenses, or require assistance with a special needs loved one, we’ve got your back.

Get in touch with us today to embark on the initial steps toward securing your future and the well-being of your family.

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