Eddy R. Smith

Ed is listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates and Litigation-Trusts and Estates.  He is also listed in Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Knoxville.

Ed is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on the ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee.

He is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), and Past Chair of the TBA Estate Planning and Probate Section.

Ed is a member of the Tennessee Probate Study Group, a joint ACTEC and TBA committee responsible for reviewing and drafting proposed state laws regarding estates, trusts, property, and inheritance, including related tax laws.

Ed served on the board of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council for nine years, including a term as President.


In 2012, Ed began authoring a regular column on estate planning, called “Where There’s A Will,” in the Tennessee Bar Journal.

Ed’s other publications include:

Griswold, et al., “Big Changes to Tennessee Uniform Trust Code: 10 Things You Should Know”, 49 TENN. BAR J. 20 (December 2013).

“Lawyers on Board: Principles of Nonprofit Governance for Attorneys Serving on and Counseling Charity Boards,” 46 TENN. BAR J. 20 (January 2010).

“Making Philanthropic Advising Part of Your Law Practice,” Dicta: The Knoxville Bar Association News (January 2007).

“Tootsie (TUTC) Dresses Trusts in New Attire: Tennessee Enacts the Uniform Trust Code,” (with T. Lee Sherbakoff), Tennessee CPA Journal (November 2004).

In 1998, Ed was awarded first place in the American College of Tax Counsel National Student Writing Competition.

Reported Cases

In re Estate of Morris, 2015 Tenn. App. LEXIS 62.


Ed speaks to both professional and lay groups on trusts, estates, and related topics, and volunteers his time to counsel and speak on behalf of charities.


Ed has been married to the same woman since 1988 and they have three noteworthy children.

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