William King Self, CELA

King Self’s law practice includes estate planning and elder law, long term care and Medicaid planning, conservatorships, and special needs trusts. Mr. Self has been a practicing elderlaw and special needs planning attorney since 2000 and 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.

A member of the Special Needs Alliance, a major part of Mr. Self’s practice is devoted to special needs planning for persons with disabilities. He is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and 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)

Elderlaw Memphis, PLC

Racquet Club Plaza
5170 Sanderlin Avenue
Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38117

William King Self, CELA

Phone: 901-603-8730
Fax: 901-329-3683


These materials are intended strictly as educational information about elder law subjects and should not be construed as legal advice. Each person's situation is unique and requires specific evaluation before advice can be given. Contact us or another reputable and competent elder law or special needs planning attorney regarding your own needs.