Forsyth County, North Carolina Estate Planning Lawyers

Eleanor Panetti
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(336) 724-2600 102 West Third Street
Suite 650
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
University of North Carolina School of Law
Eleanor Panetti is a Winston-Salem lawyer who has been practicing family law for nearly three decades. Eleanor provides comprehensive legal counsel to men and women involved in family law disputes, to spouses creating and expanding families through adoption, and to those protecting and caring for children of family members. She is skilled and experienced in all matters related to divorce, custody and paternity, property settlement and support, the legal issues unique to the LGBT community, and those specific to senior populations.

Eleanor is passionate in her representation of people involved in family disputes, whether through divorce, supporting parents through child custody...
Ron Payne
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(336) 283-6198 900 Old Winston Road
Suite 212
Kernersville, NC 27284
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Traffic Tickets
Wake Forest University
Mr. Payne is an experienced lawyer who comes to Apple Payne Law, PLLC after owning his own firm Payne Law, PLLC. Mr. Payne started Payne Law, PLLC when he graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011.

Before attending Wake Forest University School of Law, Mr. Payne attended Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was nominated for the Law Review and ranked in the top 20 of his 1L law school class. After transferring to Wake Law, Mr. Payne served as a research assistant to former Dean Blake Morant, and professors Coughlin and Lentz. He also completed...
James Stroud
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(336) 724-2600 102 West Third Street
Suite 650
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Family
Wake Forest University School of Law
Keith Stroud is a 25+ year veteran of the practice of law. Keith supports businesses in the Triad, spouses going through a separation and divorce, individuals and couples through estate planning, executors and administrators handling the estate of a loved one, and seniors and their family members in long term care and asset protection matters. He provides a straightforward and comprehensive approach to legal representation, and offers unique solutions designed to meet the goals of his clients.

While Keith’s practice is structured to help his clients avoid litigation, he is first and foremost a trial lawyer. His civil and past criminal...
W Kirk Sanders
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(336) 723-7200 723 Coliseum Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Estate Planning, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
Wake Forest University School of Law
Kirk Sanders & Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis handle condemnation cases (Eminent Domain Lawyers). The firm represents clients challenging the N.C. Map Act as an inverse condemnation by the NCDOT. The case is currently in the N.C. Supreme Court. See Kirby v. NC Department of Transportation. Kirk Sanders is a practicing attorney who handles litigation cases, contract drafting and negotiations, commercial real estate. Kirk Sanders has successfully litigated Will Contests cases (will caveats) for both the caveators (challengers of the will) and propounders (defenders of the wills). He has successfully recovered millions in Power of Attorney Abuse litigation...
Darren S Cranfill
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(336) 766-9997 2625 Neudorf Rd.
Suite 700
Clemmons, NC 27012
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Traffic Tickets
Wake Forest University School of Law
My areas of private practice include Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate Law, Wills and Estates, Foreclosures, and Family Law.
1994 Graduate Wake Forest University School of Law
James B. Wilson
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(336) 773-0059 411 Waughtown Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Estate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Traffic Tickets
James B. Wilson, Jr. is a Winston-Salem native and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School in 1981. He then went on to attend North Carolina State University where he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 1987. After Wilson graduated from N.C. State, he received his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from the University of Tennessee where he was a founding member of the Sports Lawyers Association and, an editor for the Tennessee Law Review.

Wilson worked for Blue Chips Sports management of Boston and helped to develop the Minor League Football System in the late 1980’s. In the...
John Meadows
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(336) 723-3530 2596 Reynolda Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
University of Dayton School of Law
Andrew J. Gerber
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(336) 773-1324 8 W. 3rd Street
Suite 500
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Probate
Wake Forest University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law
Mr. Jack Alex Thornton
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Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(336) 768-3200 3400 Healy Drive
Suite 100
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning and Business
Elon University
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 721-3776 One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning
Wake Forest University School of Law
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 721-3762 1 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 721-3646 One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(303) 220-8428 5294 Shadow Fax Dr
Kernersville, NC 27284
Estate Planning and Business
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 728-7015 1 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 725-8323 100 N Main St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, Environmental and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 721-3621 1 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, Securities and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 725-8323 100 N Main St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 721-3603 One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business, Education and Municipal
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 721-3638 1 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 721-3606 One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Courtney Roller
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Davidson County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(336) 475-0099 40 Salem Street
Thomasville, NC 27360
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Elon University
Courtney Roller is a licensed North Carolina attorney and counselor at law. She earned her law degree from Elon University School of Law. Prior to law school, Courtney attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a B.A. in journalism and mass communication. She is a certified legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Red4NC. In 2013 Courtney was recognized by the National Association of Women Lawyers for her achievements, motivation and drive. in 2015, Courtney was elected secretary of the District 22b Bar Association. She is a member...
Dori J. Dixon
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Guilford County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(336) 370-8800 1500 Renaissance Plaza
230 N. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Estate Planning and Elder
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dori J. Wiggen focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law and special needs planning. Mrs. Wiggen enjoys helping families young and old plan for the expected and unexpected. Whether you are a young family just starting out and want to make sure your children are protected should something happen to you and your spouse or you find yourself faced with caring for an aging parent or spouse, Mrs. Wiggen can help ensure that the proper planning is in place to preserve your assets, take care of your loved ones, and pay for long-term care.
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 777-8901 150 S Stratford Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 893-0332 301 N. Main Street Suite 1070
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
1001 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
155 Sunnynoll Ct
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Elder and Personal Injury
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 725-0583 110 Oakwood Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning and Elder
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 725-0583 110 Oakwood Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning and Business
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 310-4485 900 Old Winston Road
Kernersville, NC 27284
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 723-7200 723 Coliseum Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Entertainment & Sports
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 794-2278 1590 Westbrook Plaza Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 714-2560 155 Sunnynoll Ct
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 725-8376 315 N Spruce St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Criminal and DWI
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 607-7319 1001 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(336) 631-8500 101 N Cherry St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 760-2000 185 Kimel Park Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 760-5526 1315 Westbrook Plaza Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 725-0583 110 Oakwood Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 794-2278 1590 Westbrook Plaza Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Real Estate
Forsyth County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(336) 761-0678 105 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Estate Planning and Real Estate
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.