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Franklin E. Martin

Franklin E. Martin

Of Counsel

T (910) 815-7126
F (910) 815-7222

During his over 40 years of practice, Frank Martin's primary practice areas have been estate planning and probate, corporate, business and commercial and residential real estate.  He has represented numerous small to medium-sized business entities, including medical and dental practices and other health care-related entities, and he has assisted many clients with estate planning and probate.  He has also handled many real estate and development transactions and has represented numerous lenders.

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law (2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.



  • Lieutenant Jr. Grade, U. S. Naval Reserve; active duty 1960-64
  • Lecturer, Wake Forest University Law School Continuing Legal Education Series on Will Drafting, Probate and Estate Planning, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1991
  • Lecturer, North Carolina Bar Foundation Real Property Practice Seminar, 1993 and 2004
Thought Leadership


Published Works

  • Member of Board and Vice President, Plantation Village Retirement Community
  • Member of Board and President, Downtown Area Revitalization Effort (now Downtown Wilmington, Inc.)
  • Member of Board of Deacons and youth basketball coach, First Presbyterian Church
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1960
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • North Carolina, 1968
  • New Hanover County Bar Association President, 1988-89
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 1996-99
    • Access To Justice Leadership Council, 2010-
    • Member, Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair, Real Property Section Council, 1989-1995
    • General Practice Hall of Fame Selection Committee, 2005
  • UNC School of Law
    • Advancement Committee, 2009-
    • Board of Directors, 2012-
  • Fifth Judicial District Bar
    • Bar Candidate Committee: Member, 1981-present (Chair, 1986-1997)
  • The North Carolina State Bar
    • Chair, Board of Legal Specialization, 2004-2006
    • Member, Disciplinary Hearing Commission, 1995-2000
    • Member, Lawyers Trust Accounts Committee, 1989-1993
  • Board Certified Specialist, Real Property Law - Residential Transactions, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
Military Service
  • U.S. Navy

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