About Us


Heidi E. Royal Law, PLLC is a trusts and estates law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina offering unparalleled expertise in a boutique firm setting.  After practicing as a partner in the trusts and estates practice group at Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, Heidi decided to offer her services in the more personalized and relaxed atmosphere of a boutique practice.

Heidi’s competence and reputation match that of lawyers typically found in “big law firms,” which allows clients to receive the same level of service and expertise of the leading law firms in North Carolina in the convenient setting of a smaller firm.

Heidi is an accomplished trusts and estates attorney.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

Heidi assists clients in estate planning to design wills, revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts to ensure the desired disposition of assets upon death in a tax efficient manner.  When an individual passes away, Heidi assists families with the administration of the estate, including the probate process, trust funding and implementation, and estate, gift and income tax returns.

Heidi received her undergraduate degree in 2001 from Rhodes College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  In 2004, Heidi graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the Georgia Law Review and Order of the Coif.


Maria is an associate with Heidi E. Royal Law, PLLC. Her practice consists of the development and execution of estate plans to ensure that assets are transferred at death to clients’ desired beneficiaries in a tax efficient manner as well as the representation of clients with regard to estate administration and trust administration manners. Maria also prepares federal estate tax returns, gift tax returns, and fiduciary income tax returns.

Maria received a Bachelor of the Arts in History as well as Classical Studies from the University of Florida in 2014. Maria earned her Juris Doctorate from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2017. During her time at law school, she was a member of the Wake Forest Moot Court. Maria served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. She received the CALI Excellence Award for Appellate Advocacy and Federal Income Tax Law. Maria also served as a research assistant for several professors and as a teaching assistant for Appellate Advocacy. Additionally, Maria practiced as a student attorney for the Wake Forest Elder Law Clinic.