William King Self, Jr.

Mr. Self has been a practicing elderlaw and special needs planning attorney since 2000. He has been a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) since 2004. The Certified Elder Law Attorney certification is made by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only national organization certifying specialization of elder and special needs law recognized by the state of Tennessee.

His law practice includes estate planning and elder law, long term care and Medicaid planning, conservatorships, and special needs trusts. A member of the Special Needs Alliance, a major part of his practice is devoted to special needs planning for persons with disabilities. Mr. Self is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been designated a “Super Lawyer” in Elder Law for every year since 2008.


  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1970)
  • Tulane University (J.D., 1979)

to Practice:

  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi (inactive)

Areas of

  • Elder Law
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Estate Planning and Probate


  • National Business Institute: Tennessee Elder Law; Elder Care in Tennessee: Legal and Financial Issues
  • Aging Commission of the Mid-South: Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Lorman Education Services: Medicaid and Elder Law Issues in Tennessee
  • Tennessee Bar Association and Memphis Bar Association: numerous programs in the areas of Special Needs Planning and Elder Law

Professional Associations:

  • Memphis Bar Association (Estate Planning & Probate Section)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (Elder Law Section Chair 2006-2007, 2013-2014)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (2018-2020)
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) since 2004
  • Member, The Special Needs Alliance, an invitation-only national association of experienced special needs planning attorneys
  • Estate Planning Council of Memphis


  • Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, Advisory Board (former Board Member)
  • Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board
  • Pro Bono services: Memphis Area Legal Services, Community Legal Center
  • Opera Memphis, Trustee, Chairman (2003-2004)
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Trustee (1980-1989)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Trustee (Mississippi Chapter, 1992-2006)


  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” published by Woodward/White
  • Listed in “Super Lawyers” for Tennessee, published by Key Professional Media
  • Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member of Apperson Crump PLC (until 2021)