Gregory Herman-Giddens

Gregory Herman-Giddens

TrustCounsel | North Carolina Probate Attorney
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Tax Law...
  • England and Wales, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
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Summary

TrustCounsel's estate planning, probate and tax law attorneys provide comprehensive wealth planning, protection and management services to North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and New York. Through careful selection of strategies tailored to our clients' individualized goals and objectives, we help individuals protect family, preserve assets and save taxes. TrustCounsel's experienced estate planning lawyers provide legal assistance with: Wills, IRA trusts, special needs trusts and charitable gift planning. We also advise on elder law matters, including Medicaid and Veterans Affairs planning. Other services include: Asset protection, including development of limited liability companies (LLCs) and establishing domestic and offshore trusts. Planning for business entities, including business formation (corporations and LLCs), buy-sell agreements and establishing nonprofit organizations. 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. Guardianship, including instituting incompetency proceedings and powers of attorney. Prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and property-division agreements for unmarried couples. Real estate partitions. NFA gun trusts for purchasing and owning suppressors, SBRs and other weapons controlled by the National Firearms Act. TrustCounsel's attorneys and paralegals assist clients in North Carolina's Triangle / RTP area from our main office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; we have additional offices in Miami, Florida and New York City.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Tax Law
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
England and Wales
Florida
New York
North Carolina
Tennessee
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Founder & President
Southern Gun Law Group
Current
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.
President
TrustProtector, LLC
Current
TrustProtector, LLC provides trust protector services for domestic and offshore trusts.
President
TrueSouth Asset Management, Inc.
Current
President
TrustCounsel
- Current
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.
Education
University of Miami School of Law
LL.M / Estate Planning
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Tulane University School of Law
J.D / Law
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Honors: Honor Scholarship
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.A / Psychology
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Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi
Awards
North Carolina Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Super Lawyer Magazine
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
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar # 023425
Member
Current
WealthCounsel
Member
Current
Financial Planning Association
Member
Current
Orange County Bar Association
Member (President 2010)
Current
15-B Judicial District Bar
President
- Current
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Member
- Current
Florida Bar
Member
- Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Member
- Current
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
15-B Judicial District Bar
Secretary-Treasurer
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Triangle Community Foundation
Member, Professional Advisors Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
North Carolina Probate Blog
TrustCounsel
Certifications
Estate Planning and Probate Law
North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Financial Planner
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
Websites & Blogs
Website
Trust and Probate Attorneys at TrustCounsel
Website
Southern Gun Law Group
Blog
North Carolina Probate Blog
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. I am transferring to my daughter my home for the price of one dollar. Do I owe an excise tax and amount. NC
A: You do not owe any excise tax, but you are required to file a federal gift tax return reporting the value of the home as a gift. Assuming you have not used your $5.49 million gift and estate tax exemption, no tax will be due.
Q. My Father In Law was married for 5 months before he died but his will specifically leaves everything to his children.
A: Yes, unless she waived her rights in a valid prenuptial agreement. Current law for marriage under 5 years is 15%.
Q. In Wake Co., NC, how long does an executor have to finalize a will.
A: The Clerk of Court generally requires that an estate be closed in one year from the personal representative's qualification date, but extensions can be obtained for good cause.
Q. Can I file probate papers without an attorney in Florida.
A: In Florida, a attorney is required for probate matters. Best wishes in getting the probate completed.
Q. I need to apply for an elective share in Jackson county NC I live in Florida how can I do this
A: I'm licensed in FL and NC. You should hire an NC licensed attorney to advise and assist you.
Q. Mother passed away in 1999, left no will. I had 3 siblings. Hubby and I pay the taxes on the home. Who owns the home?
A: You and your siblings own the home, and you cannot transfer it to yourself without consent of your siblings and their spouses, if any.
Q. My wife and I are planning on buying a home in Duplin County NC. Is there any downside to my name only on the deed?
A: Yes. If you get sued, the home is not protected as it would be if it's in both names. Also, if you want her to receive it at your death, it would not automatically go to her.
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Contact & Map
North Carolina Office
205 Providence Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 201-0413
Telephone: (919) 493-6351
Fax: (919) 493-6355
South Florida Office
201 S. Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 2650
Miami, FL 33133
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 201-0413
Telephone: (305) 884-8688
New York Estate Planning Attorneys
61 Broadway
Ste. 2155
New York, NY 10006
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 201-0413
Telephone: (212) 756-1234