John R. Cella Jr.
John R. Cella, Jr. is Of Counsel with Ragsdale Liggett PLLC in Raleigh. He counsels clients in trust, estate, business, and related tax planning matters. His estate planning representations include simple will planning, pour-over will and revocable trust planning, and taxable estate planning with irrevocable grantor and non-grantor trusts. He also advises on North Carolina probate and federal income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax (GST) law consequences of lifetime and post-mortem transfers. John's ERISA and compensation background is valuable when advising clients regarding their qualified retirement plans, IRAs, equity compensation, and deferred compensation. John also works with executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in simple and complex estate administration matters, routine or contentious, including trust termination, modification, and decanting matters.
John has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for trusts and estates, ERISA, and tax law since 2018. Business North Carolina magazine also has included John in its Legal Elite for tax and estate planning. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Business and Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Sections, South Carolina Bar and the Wake County Estate Planning Council.
John received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his B.A. in Economics from the University of South Carolina, his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LL.M. in Employee Benefits, with honors, from The John Marshall Law School.
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