William King Self, Jr.

Mr. Self is a member of the firm of Apperson Crump PLC, the oldest continually functioning law firm in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

His elder law practice includes estate planning, long term care and Medicaid planning, conservatorships, special needs trusts and administration of decedents’ estates. A member of the Special Needs Alliance, a major part of his practice is devoted to special needs planning for persons with disabilities. Both the firm Apperson Crump and Mr. Self, individually, are rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.


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

to Practice:

  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi

Areas of

  • Elder Law
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Special Needs Planning
  • 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)
  • Mississippi Bar and American Bar Associations (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • 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