About Gregory Herman-GiddensTrustCounsel's estate planning, probate and tax law attorneys provide comprehensive wealth planning, protection and management services through careful selection of strategies tailored to our clients' individualized goals and objectives.
We can help you protect your family, preserve your assets and save taxes. TrustCounsel's experienced estate planning lawyers provide legal assistance with:
* Estate planning, including wills and trusts, IRA trusts, special needs trusts and charitable gift planning.
* Elder law, including Medicaid and Veterans Affairs planning.
* Asset protection, including development of limited liability companies (LLCs) and establishing domestic and offshore trusts.
* Estate administration, including guidance for probate, trust administration and trust protector services.
* Taxation, including estate and gift tax planning, retirement / IRA distribution planning, and tax return preparation.
* Planning for business entities, including business formation (corporations and LLCs), buy-sell agreements and establishing nonprofit organizations.
* Guardianship, including instituting incompetency proceedings and powers of attorney.
* Prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and property-division agreements for unmarried couples.
* Real estate partitions.
* NFA trusts for purchasing and owning suppressors, SBRs and other weapons controlled by the National Firearms Act.
TrustCounselâ's attorneys and paralegals assist clients in North Carolinaâ's Triangle / RTP area from our main office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; we have additional offices in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and New York City.
- Business Law
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Tax Law
- Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|U.S. Supreme Court|
|Estate Planning and Probate Law (North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization)|
|Certified Financial Planner (Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards)|
|Founder & President, Southern Gun Law Group|
|The Southern Gun Law Group creates NFA gun trusts in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Founded by Chapel Hill estate planning attorney Gregory Herman-Giddens, the Southern Gun Law Group uses a sophisticated planning system designed to help individuals legally acquire, own, share and transfer firearms the way they want. Protecting firearms collectors, gun enthusiasts, hunters and their beneficiaries, NFA gun trusts hold title of weapons in lieu of individual ownership. The Southern Gun Law Group combines award-winning estate planning legal expertise with specialized training in federal gun laws and gun trusts to provide top legal services for the owners of firearms throughout the south.|
|The skilled estate planning attorneys at TrustCounsel develop estate plans to protect your family, preserve your assets and save taxes. TrustCounsel’s attorneys focus on educating and empowering clients with the legal options they need to make well-informed decisions with their families’ future in mind. High levels of technical expertise do not prevent our attorneys from communicating complicated laws in easy-to-understand language. We strive to provide prompt, courteous, and personalized service while keeping legal jargon at a minimum. In addition to North Carolina estate planning offices in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, TrustCounsel also operates out of Miami, Florida and New York City. Through these law offices, TrustCounsel provides estate planning, probate and elder law services to North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and New York.|
|University of Miami School of Law - University of Miami||LL.M||Estate Planning|
|Tulane University Law School - Tulane University||J.D||Law|
|Honors: Honor Scholarship|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||B.A||Psychology|
|Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi|
|Pro Bono Award||New Hanover County Bar Association & Legal Aid of North Carolina Wilmington|
|The award recognizes continued commitment to assisting and advising families on North Carolina estate planning, elder law and powers of attorney. The Pro Bono Awards were given only to North Carolina attorneys who generously provided free legal assistance to persons who could not afford to hire an attorney.|
|North Carolina Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate Law||Super Lawyer Magazine|
|Received award in 2007 and 2011.|
|Triangle Impact Financial Leader||Business Leader Magazine|
|Legal Elite in Tax and Estate Planning||Business North Carolina magazine|
|Member, Tennessee State Bar|
|Secretary-Treasurer, 15-B Judicial District Bar|
|Member, Financial Planning Association|
|Member (President 2010; Chair - Trusts and Estates Section 2009-present), Orange County Bar Association|
|Member, Florida Bar|
|Member, North Carolina Bar Association|
|Activities: Estate Administration Manual Committee of Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law, 1997-2000; Taxation and Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Sections; Council of Elder Law Section, 1997-2001 (Editor, Newsletter, 2001-2002|
|Member, Professional Advisors Committee, Triangle Community Foundation|
Articles & Publications
North Carolina Estate Planning Blog
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Blog: North Carolina Estate Planning Blog
Celebrity estate conflict: University of Texas at Austin sued actor Ryan O'Neal for the Andy Warhol portrait of... http://fb.me/2ntkBMjm1— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) 3.2 hours ago
Here's info about last-minute Will changes in #NorthCarolina. #estateplanning #endoflife http://fb.me/2q1e1ATYT— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) 4 hours ago
What to do if relatives disagree about a decedent's funeral arrangements: http://fb.me/PMshRMlN— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) 5 hours ago
Last-minute scramble to save on taxes: A couple oldies-but-goodies and a few interesting new ideas http://t.co/x3lTv4nMG1 via @newsfromIN— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) December 4, 2013
#Retirement planning challenges for women: http://t.co/dIyBVDiwO0— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) December 4, 2013
RT @CadeCox: Digital Assets: The New Frontier in Estate Planning http://wp.me/pHO0h-8E— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) December 4, 2013
Companies operating at a loss can eliminate or reduce non-elective contributions made to Safe Harbor 401(k) plans... http://fb.me/2v05BXpdo— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) December 3, 2013
Make sure your retirement accounts, life-insurance policies and bank accounts have updated beneficiary... http://fb.me/2HPfdnxzv— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) December 1, 2013
RT @IReadJotwell: A Decedent’s Digital After-Life http://jotwell.com/?p=3899— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) November 29, 2013
DIY legal documents found online may not address pending legislation or laws unique to North Carolina pet trusts. http://fb.me/1cAAJn2pT— Gregory Herman-Giddens (@estateplansNC) November 29, 2013
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