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Nina Whitehurst

Nina Whitehurst

Planning for peace of mind and wealth preservation.
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate ...
  • Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee
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Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
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Client Reviews
Dave Tower June 24, 2022
Client Review As clients of Cumberland Legacy law in 2022 we can attest to their professionalism and thoroughness. We had more than a ”run of the mill” legacy situation. Nina, because of her background and ability to quickly research unique situations was able to provide a legacy plan tailored specifically to our desires. There was not only a thoroughly documented written plan but all the verbal interchange to develop the plan and assure we understood all the details of the plan. We enjoyed working with a person who not only cared but took the time to share.
D. S. January 4, 2020
Nina helped me enormously with Medicaid Trust issues regarding my father. Nina helped me enormously with some Irrevocable Trust Medicaid issues relating to my father. She provided answers to some very difficult questions and was enormously helpful. I had been searching for this info for months before I contacted Nina. Highly recommended.
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Biography

Cumberland Legacy Law* provides the highest quality estate planning for clients in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Whether you need a sophisticated strategy for minimizing or avoiding estate taxes and providing maximum possible asset protection, or just a simple will or trust to ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes, or anything in between, we are here to help you and your loved ones.

We present seminars on a variety of estate planning and elder law topics; call us if you want to be on our seminar mailing list, or subscribe to our newsletter by jotting a quick note to us.

Nina Whitehurst, the owner of Cumberland Legacy Law, is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, all national estate planning attorney organizations. She is continually upgrading and updating her knowledge of estate planning law through seminars and being an active member of several estate planning attorney email list serves. Her husband, Brian Whitehurst, is the firm's marketing coordinator. Nina Lamothe is the firm's documentation paralegal.

*Cumberland Legacy Law is not a public legal aid society.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Mortgages, Residential Real Estate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free 10-15 minute telephone consultation to determine whether your matter fits within our areas of practice, to describe our new client onboarding process, and to start the onboarding process. No legal advice is provided prior to engagement. You will know when you have engaged an attorney because you will have signed a fee agreement and will have provided a deposit for legal fees.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    No legal advice is provided prior to engagement. You will know when you have engaged an attorney because you will have signed a fee agreement and will have provided a deposit for legal fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alaska
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Arizona
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California
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Colorado
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Oregon
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Tennessee
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Cumberland Legacy Law
Current
Education
Arizona State University
J.D. (1986) | Law
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Arizona State University
B.S. (1983) | Accounting
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Awards
Client Champion SILVER
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Services
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Selected: 2017-2021
Professional Associations
ElderCounsel
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National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
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Wealth Counsel
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State Bar of Tennessee  # 037146
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- Current
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State Bar of Alaska  # 1802010
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- Current
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State Bar of Oregon  # 172386
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Colorado  # 26720
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State Bar of California  # 159873
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State Bar of Arizona  # 011030
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Speaking Engagements
Wills, Trusts and Nursing Home Asset Protection, Various
Websites & Blogs
Website
Nina Whitehurst, Attorney at Law, Professional Website
Blog
Nina Whitehurst, Attorney at Law, Professional Blog
Legal Answers
1325 Questions Answered
Q. Are gold bond stamps worth anything now?
A: Apparently they are. A quick internet search revealed this: To redeem S&H Green Stamps call the toll-free number 1-800-435-5674 and request a catalog. Stamps are redeemable in merchandise or cash at $1.20 per full book. If you want to redeem your stamps for cash, mail the books to National Mail Order Center, P.O. Box 5775, Norcross, GA 30091. S&H Green Stamps also redeems Top Value stamps for cash at the rate of $1.50 per full book. You can redeem Gold Strike Stamps for $1.20 per book. Mail the stamps to Gold Strike Stamp Co., 12755 State Highway 55, Minneapolis, MN 55441, Attention: Mail-Order Department. Gold Strike Stamp Co., which we were told was once based in Utah, was acquired by Gold Bond Stamp Co. in the early 1970s. Gold Bond Stamp Co. was established in 1938 by Curtis Carlson. His legacy has grown to include a host of hotel chains (including Colony Resorts), restaurants (such as TGI Friday's) and travel agencies (the Carlson Travel Network). I am relying solely on what I found on the internet for this information. You can do the same research yourself. Just type in the search bar: gold bond stamps redemption
Q. My in-laws had their will/trust drawn up by a company that’s no longer in business. How do we find the original?
A: In the "old days" attorneys did routinely hold original wills in their safes. This was in part due to the fact that most regular folk could not afford their own safes and partly due to the attorney's desire to handle the probate when the client died. Now that safes are more affordable, most attorneys do NOT keep original wills and trusts. I myself do not keep client originals. They go with the clients after signing, with instructions to keep then in a safe place. The firm to which you referred got in legal trouble for the unauthorized practice of law. In other words, non-attorneys were drafting trusts and charging for it. Although I do not know this for a fact, I seriously doubt that they were keeping the original wills and trusts that they "sold". If you have already turned the house upside down looking for their wills and trusts and have not found them, then the next step would be to contact banks that they dealt with to see if maybe they have copies or if maybe there is a bank safety deposit box. Unfortunately, you will probably have to get yourself appointed by the court as executor or administrator of the estate before banks will even talk to you. That is unfortunate because one of the main goals of having a trust is to avoid probate, but if the will and trust can't be found, then you might have to go to court to get the authority to find them.
Q. If I am joint owner of Mom's banking account will the court order that also to be split?
A: You really should schedule a consultation with a probate attorney. I could give you a glib answer that the surviving joint owner is now the sole owner of the account but that would be without reviewing ALL of the facts. First, you might think you are a joint owner but in fact you are not. An attorney can help you sort that out. Second, for every rule there are exceptions. An attorney can help you sort out whether there are any exceptions that apply to your case, including review of the handwritten paper. Who told you the handwritten paper is not a valid will? An attorney? If so, is he or she a probate attorney? If not, get a second opinion from an attorney that specializes in probate. If that person who told you was not an attorney, get an opinion from a bona fide probate attorney. Sometimes a handwritten paper can constitute a valid will.
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Cumberland Legacy Law
330 Ridgeline Dr.
Crossville, TN 38571
Telephone: (931) 250-8585
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