Harley D. Ruff

Harley is the first and only Beaufort-area Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, as certified by The Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Email: hruff@ruffllc.com

PH: 843-524-5400

Harley has written for and been quoted in a variety of publications, including Lawyers Weekly USA, South Carolina Lawyer, and The Beaufort Gazette. Harley has provided continuing education instruction to fellow attorneys, accountants, and financial professionals at local, regional, and statewide programs.

Professional Credentials


Wake Forest University (B.A.)

University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)

New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation)

Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law (Supreme Court of South Carolina)

Former Council Member, South Carolina Bar Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law Section

Former Member, Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board of the Supreme Court of South Carolina’s Commission on CLE and Specialization

Licensed Circuit Court Mediator

“AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell



Harley and his wife, Carol, have three children. In addition to spending time with his family, Harley has served on several local boards, has coached several local youth sports teams, and serves on the Finance Committee and Congregation Council at St. John’s Lutheran Church.