Orange County, North Carolina Estate Planning Lawyers

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Mark Costley
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(919) 448-0012 1414 Raleigh Road
#445
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Duke University School of Law
With more than 30 years experience in private practice, Mark Costley has helped hundreds of North Carolinians with estate planning, trust and estate administration, planning for children and adults with special needs, business succession planning and business transactions, and family charitable and philanthropic counseling. Mark’s work involves elements of teaching, strategic analysis and planning, negotiation, documentation, and assisting clients in executing their plans. A Duke University Alumnus, Mark has given back to his alma mater in numerous capacities, including serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. He has devoted his considerable energies to the Servant Center, Inc., a...
Gregory Herman-Giddens
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(800) 201-0413 205 Providence Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Miami School of Law and Tulane University School of Law
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...
Andrew S Bullard
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(919) 401-0062 111 Cloister Court
Suite 200
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Michigan State University
Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, Andrew Bullard attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He later attended Michigan State University College of Law and obtained his J.D. in 2010. Andrew Bullard primarily practices estate planning, estate administration, special needs law and guardianships at the firm. Andrew’s experience includes assisting individuals and families as they navigate the process of planning and administering estates and trusts. Additionally, he guides fiduciaries through their duties in the probate process and helps families plan for the care of loved ones with long-term special needs. Andrew takes...
Dori J. Dixon
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(919) 869-3074 100 Europa Drive
Suite 271
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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.
Melissa Averett
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
North Carolina Central University School of Law
I love practicing law. Guiding clients through the stress and upheaval of divorce, a custody battle or the aftermath of a death in the family is position of trust that I take seriously. Drafting an amicable separation agreement, or completing an adoption efficiently with as little drama as possible is equally important. I have been a NC Certified Family Law Specialist since 2009. My law firm handles divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, grandparents' rights, domestic violence, tort claims and personal injury, prenuptial and separation agreements, estate planning and administration in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties.
Colin K Austin
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(919) 245-8440 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 109
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Duke University School of Law
Our law practice is dedicated to protecting the interests of our clients through all of life’s seasons. As a small, local firm it is in our nature to provide a level of service and attention to detail that is unmatched by larger corporate entities or generic software products. We are also committed to staying on the cutting edge of our field through our membership in ElderCounsel – a national support organization that keeps us armed with the latest tools and research that produce successful asset protection strategies.
Justin P Nichols
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Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Campbell Law School
Attorney Justin Nichols practices family, personal injury, and criminal law in Chatham, Orange, Durham, and Wake Counties. He joined Averett Family Law in 2012, after practicing in the fields of personal injury defense, workers’ compensation, and complex construction litigation.

Justin has extensive experience in the courtroom litigating cases, as well as helping clients negotiate out-of-court settlements. He has handled cases before state administrative agencies, the state superior and district courts, the North Carolina Justin Nichols Associate Attorney Pittsboro Siler City Court of Appeals, and the federal district court.

Justin graduated cum laude from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina,...
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(614) 486-4420 134 Kingston Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 918-8000 205 W Main St
Carrboro, NC 27510
Estate Planning
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 402-4337 6340 Quadrangle Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning and Business
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 929-9298 1709 Legion Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
105 Strowd Ln
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 929-0044 104 Concord Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 960-6000 1414 Raleigh Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 933-2700 1829 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning and Elder
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 968-1050 1709 Legion Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 942-5337 1607 Old Oxford Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning and International
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 260-5906 311 Purefoy Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 969-9906 88 Vilcom Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(919) 493-6351 205 Providence Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Tax
Sara W. Harrington
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Wake County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(919) 903-9442 50101 Governors Drive
Suite 150
Chapel Hill, NC 27617
Estate Planning and Probate
Campbell Law School
I'm experienced in helping people during very stressful times of life.

For 14 years I primarily practiced consumer bankruptcy law and during that time I worked with clients going through every stage of life and experience.

I've taken what I learned from my bankruptcy practice and applied it to helping people plan for the future and follow the wishes of loved ones.

Let me assist you in ensuring your wishes are followed regarding how you would like to be treated during illness, at end of life, who you would like to speak on your behalf if you are unable to...
Stephanie K. Faris
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Chatham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(919) 533-7575 35 Thompson Street
Suite 101
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Stephanie K. Faris is an attorney licensed to practice in North Carolina and is a member of the Chatham County Bar. She is a member of NAELA and of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations. Stephanie is also an accredited attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her JD, cum laude, from North Carolina Central University, where she served as Symposium Editor of the N.C. Central Law Review. She also received her bachelor's degree from Duke University. Stephanie is a member of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and was a 2016-17 graduate of the Leadership...
Douglas E Koenig
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Durham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(919) 883-2800 2530 Meridian Parkway
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27713
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Elder
Michigan State University
Elder Law and Estate Planning attorney. Personal Family Lawyer (tm). Member NAELA and Wealth Counsel. Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Michigan State University College of Law. Compassionate, able to work with families experiencing dementia or other disabilities.
Jeffrey L Austin Esq.
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Durham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(919) 937-2737 P.O. Box 15905
Durham, NC 27704
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Georgia State University College of Law
Jeff brings to the law a career background in nonprofits and the public interest. He now focuses on young families and mature couples and individuals planning their futures. In addition to his work for private clients, he serves as an appointed attorney guardian ad litem through the Durham Public Defender. Always interested in making the law more accessible, he manages several online legal databases maintained by the University of North Carolina’s School of Government at Chapel Hill. He serves his community as a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina and by managing the web site and summer...
Gray Ellis
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Chatham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(919) 679-9400 27 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
North Carolina Central University School of Law
Ellis Family Law, PLLC was founded in 2002 by board certified attorney Gray Ellis with the singular goal to provide the very best legal representation to North Carolinians facing challenging family law issues. Since that time, the firm has successfully represented hundreds of husbands, wives, children, grandparents, and other family members in courts across the state. Our work has not gone unnoticed as the firm has earned awards from both national and local organizations such as Super Lawyers, North Carolina’s Legal Elite, and Best of Durham.
Mr. Christopher C. Wilms Jr.
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Durham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(919) 244-2019 2216 South Miami Blvd Ste 101
Durham, NC 27703
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Campbell University
Chris is an Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, and Employment Lawyer with years of experience helping people in Durham, Wake, and surrounding counties in North Carolina.
Cheryl R. Watkins, Esq.
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Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(704) 544-3394 4819 Emperor Boulevard
Suite 400
Durham, NC 27703
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
The Law Office of Cheryl R. Watkins is a boutique estate law practice serving all 100 counties of North Carolina representing individuals, families, and small businesses in the provision of advice, counsel, and results in the following areas of law:

- Estate Administration (Probate Law)
- Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, etc.)
- Business Succession Planning
- Wrongful Death

Attorney Cheryl R. Watkins of The Law Office of Cheryl R. Watkins has a practice concentration in Estate Planning and Probate and has worked in those fields for over 20 years as a former CPA, auditor, Assistant Clerk,...
Rachel Lea Hunter
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Wake County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(678) 687-9693 901 Madison Avenue
Cary, NC 27513
Estate Planning, Collections and Consumer
University of Pittsburgh
I grew up Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I lived most of my life. I moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and have lived here 13 years. In 2009, I began private practice concentrating in the areas of debt resolution/negotiation, estate planning and probate.
Kevin L. Huston
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Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(919) 741-6565 2530 Meridian Parkway
Durham, NC 27713
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
ESTATE AND ELDER LAW ATTORNEY Licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and has been a practicing attorney since 2005. Memberships: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The Christian Legal Society, Law Affinity Chairman of the Regent University Raleigh/Durham Alumni Chapter. Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Kevin Huston has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to handle benefits claims on behalf of veterans, most commonly, the Aid and Attendance benefit. Kevin has been invited by various organizations to...
Jackie Bedard
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Wake County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(919) 443-3035 201 Commonwealth Ct #100
Cary, NC 27511
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
Jackie Bedard’s estate and long term care planning practice is focused on guiding clients through the complicated, often confusing, maze of balancing family protection, long-term care planning, wealth preservation, and cherished family values in the planning process.

Jackie determined early on that traditional estate planning has primarily focused on what happens upon death, but a far more pressing concern for many families today is—what happens if you don’t die suddenly, but instead need long term care for several months or years? A comprehensive estate and long term care plan should address both of these concerns.

Jackie is a member of WealthCounsel...
Steven Kent Taylor
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Alamance County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(919) 304-7060 208 S. Fifth St.
Mebane, NC 27302
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
University of Tennessee College of Law
Cynthia Perry
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Chatham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney with 32 years experience
(919) 542-6262 259 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 732-8141 100 N Churton St
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 732-4865 110 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Orange County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 732-6131 127 W King St
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 493-0584 3211 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Estate Planning and Elder
Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 489-9058 3500 Westgate Dr
Durham, NC 27707
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
(919) 687-4577 5850 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Durham County, NC Estate Planning Lawyer
(919) 490-9700 21 W Colony Pl
Durham, NC 27705
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Durham County, NC Estate Planning Attorney
4 Consultant Pl
Durham, NC 27707
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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.