5410 Trinity Road, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27607

Douglas D. Noreen


919-821-7700 phone

919-821-7703 fax

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Douglas is a litigator who focuses his practice on estate, trust, and guardianship cases. Douglas has extensive experience in handling estate disputes that may arise both while relatives are making estate choices, and after loved ones have passed.


Douglas’s experience includes handling will contests, IRA beneficiary designation changes, pension plan beneficiary changes, gifts made during life, divorce and its effect on estate plans, deeds to property and power of attorney designations, among others.

Representative Matters

  • Recovered over $100,000 in funds from an IRA for a surviving spouse when a beneficiary designation was changed at the end of her husband’s life.
  • Recovered a house for a client after he executed a deed to a third party while he was suffering from memory issues.
  • Successfully defended a daughter after her father died and left her the bulk of his estate to her rather than her siblings, as she had cared for him at the end of her life.
  • Had a son appointed guardian of the person over his elderly mother after discovering his brother was removing funds from his mother’s accounts.
  • Successfully defended against an attack on a will written by an elderly person which favored a long-time close friend/caregiver over an estranged child.

Speaking and Publications

Douglas recently presented a program entitled “Probate Disputes and Litigation”.  He additionally authored the materials for a lecture given at the N.C. Bar Association’s Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Program in 2013 entitled “How to Navigate a Fiduciary Litigation Case.” He has published several articles, including “Fighting Wal-Mart: The Future of Combined Reporting in North Carolina” which was published in State Tax Notes, a publication of Tax Analysts and “State HHS v. Thompkins: No Time Limit on Medicaid Claims?” which he co-authored and was published in The Will and the Way.

Education and Memberships

Douglas is from Apex, North Carolina. He attended Davidson College and received the Thomas D. Sparrow award.  He is active in promoting charitable activities in his community, and serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association. Additionally, he serves as President of The Board for the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum in downtown Raleigh .


“We are very grateful to Douglas Noreen for his wonderful handling of the… case. We are pleased with the outcome, thanks to his efforts… Douglas kept me informed every step of the way and took into account all of my input. I have worked with dozens of attorneys in my long career, many of whom were also clients of mine. I consider Douglas a stand-out among them. Moreover, his compassion for two  special needs boys was in evidence throughout. – Vincent Lisa”



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