With over 27 years of legal experience, Rupe Gill has assisted countless clients with their legal matters. Rupe’s practice is primarily concentrated in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Elder Law involves planning for the complex health care, long-term care, and other issues facing elderly and disabled individuals and their families. Specifically, Rupe provides Medicaid Planning, Special Assistance Planning and Veteran’s Administration Aid and Attendance planning services. His primary focus is protecting families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death. He crafts plans for clients concerned about preserving their hard-earned dollars and providing for their loved ones in case of disability or death. Then, he makes certain that these plans are properly administered.
After graduating from Northern Durham High School, Rupe earned his B. A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, he joined the US Air Force and served as an ICBM missile launch officer. In 1990, he was among a handful of officers selected by the Air Force to attend law school. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University, College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio in 1993. After law school, he served as an Attorney with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After extensive criminal trial experience, he began preparing estate planning documents for service members. When Rupe returned home to North Carolina, he continued his emphasis on helping clients preserve their assets. Although now retired from the USAF after 21 years of service, Rupe received numerous awards and decorations while in service, including the NATO Medal, while deployed to Bosnia, the JAG Kuhfeld Award, as the best Judge Advocate in Europe, the Field Grade Officer of the Year for HQ USAF in Europe, and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
Rupe continues to educate himself on the new developments in the ever-changing area of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs and VA A&A planning. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Durham Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is President of the non-profit organization, Jiti Foundation, a group focused on empowering young women, combating blindness, and transforming lives in rural India.
During his downtime, he loves spending time with his wife, children & grandchildren, reading, farming, and playing sports.
- Cleveland State University
- Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1993
- University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts, 1985
- North Carolina
- U.S. & Air Force Court of Military Appeals
- Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force
- JITI Foundation, President & Chairman
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member
- NAELA North Carolina Chapter, Past President
- NCBA Elder Law & Special Needs Law Section, Past Chair
- Miracles in Sight, Board of Directors, Past Chair