Ridgeland, South Carolina Estate Planning Lawyers

Mr. Michael J. Howell
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South Carolina Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience

Michael J. Howell is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. Michael has over 40 years of experience. He and his staff have over 100 years of combined... Read More »
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Ridgeland, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(843) 726-9553 600 3rd Ave
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
James Aaron Nelson Jr.
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Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(843) 815-3303 21 Promenade Street
Suite 202
Bluffton, SC 29910
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Charleston School of Law
Matthew Modelski
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Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(843) 790-3341 34 Hager Rd
Bluffton, SC 29910
Estate Planning and Elder
Wayne State University Law School
Matthew was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in "Hockeytown," Matthew developed a passion for the game of hockey, which he played at an elite level as a youth goaltender. After spending a time playing junior hockey in Chicago, Illinois, Matthew was recruited to play at the Division-I collegiate level with Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. During his time at Yale, Matthew earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and became a four-year, Varsity lettermen.

Following a brief professional hockey career, Matthew accepted a position with one of the...
Evan K Bromley
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Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(843) 868-2801 211 Goethe Road, Suite B
Bluffton, SC 29910
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Construction and Probate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Evan is an experienced litigator who has been representing individuals and businesses throughout the Lowcountry since 2007. Evan’s practice consists of trial and transactional matters primarily in the areas of business, construction, association law, estate planning and probate, and personal injury.

Since 2013, Evan has held an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating a lawyer can receive and is only awarded to attorneys deemed by their peers to exhibit the highest legal ability and ethical standards.

Evan is active in the local community. He currently serves as the President of the Beaufort County Bar...
Richard D. Peacock
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Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(843) 706-7200 1253 B May River Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Construction and Criminal
University of Richmond School of Law
Deborah H Boshaw
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Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(843) 837-9050 7 Simmonsville Suite 500
PO Box 882
Bluffton, SC 29910
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Divorce
The Boshaw Law Firm, LLC is a civil general practice firm. Its practice areas include: Civil Litigation; Wills and Trusts; Construction Law; Business Law; and Divorce and Family Law. Attorney Deborah H. Boshaw is the founder and managing member of the Boshaw Law Firm, LLC, located in Bluffton, South Carolina. Attorney Boshaw earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University with a Major in Marketing with Honor, in 1991. She received a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, in 1994 from Wayne State University School of Law., Attorney Boshaw is has been admitted to...
Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(843) 836-3420 74 Saw Timber Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Estate Planning, Communications, Real Estate and Tax
Bluffton, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 35 years experience
1251 May River Rd
Bluffton, SC 29910
Estate Planning
Beaufort, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
920 Bay St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Beaufort, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
1509 King St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Beaufort, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
704 Prince St
Beaufort, SC 29902
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Beaufort, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 48 years experience
860 Ribaut Rd
Beaufort, SC 29902
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Beaufort, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(843) 379-5117 2015 Boundary Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Mr. Michael J. Howell
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Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(843) 785-7590 1 Corpus Christie Place
#112
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Michael J. Howell is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. Michael has over 40 years of experience. He and his staff have over 100 years of combined experience in trusts, estates and probate, He was also named as one of the Top Lawyers in the Lowcounty in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine's April, 2013 and 2014 issues, which are the only years the list was published. Michael is also a certified mediator for Probate and Circuit Circuit Court matters. He is also licensed to practice...
John L. Wilson
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(843) 681-6300 3600 Main Street
Suite 100
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29926
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
John L. Wilson, Managing Shareholder, holds a BS in Administrative Management, with Honor, from Clemson University (1978) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina, School of Law (1981). John concentrates his practice in residential and commercial real estate, mediation,timeshare,probate, estate planning and business law. Admitted to the SC Bar in 1981, he is admitted to the US District Court, US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, US Tax Court and the US Supreme Court. In October of 2013,John received an AV preeminent rating from his peers thru Martindale Hubbell peer review process, which is the...
Otto Ferrene
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Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(843) 785-5184 19 SHELTER COVE LANE
105 WATERSEDGE BUILDING
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-3574
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of South Carolina - Columbia and Presbyterian College
Our objective is to provide affordable legal services in multiple areas at a reasonable cost to those who need it.
Member of First Presbyterian Church, Church Elder and Bible Study leader for more than 30 years; Vanlandingham Rotary Club Past President, Hilton Head Island Rotary Club Past President, USAR Reserves (Retired), Admitted to all South Carolina Trial Courts, The South Carolina Supreme Court; The South Carolina Federal Courts, US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, and The Supreme Court of the United States of America. Avocation and interests include pistol marksmanship, Travel and Fishing.

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Lauren P. Williams
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Hilton Head, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(843) 341-9300 19 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 107
Hilton Head, SC 29928
Estate Planning, Business, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Lauren is a Hilton Head Native and an associate at the firm. She represents the firm’s clients in a variety of civil litigation matters such as business litigation, collections, complex foreclosures as well as real estate closings.

She graduated from Clemson University in 2011 with a B.S. in Financial Management and a minor in Accounting. She also graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015. During law school, she was the Editor in Chief of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal. Lauren was also a member of Phi Delta...
Jay A. Mullinax
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Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(843) 785-6101 2 Park Lane, Suite 303
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Estate Planning and Tax
University of Miami School of Law
Jay A. Mullinax is the only attorney on Hilton Head Island with a Master of Laws in Estate Planning (LL.M.) whose law firm is exclusively dedicated to providing estate planning and related services. Mr. Mullinax provides estate planning, trust and estate administration services to South Carolina. He began his involvement in estate matters in 1989 and opened the Law Office of Jay A. Mullinax, LLC in 2004 after practicing law at a larger firm for several years. He serves on the South Carolina Bar Probate Code Revision Subcommittee. The Subcommittee gives recommendations for revising the Probate Code, which provides...
Saint Helena Island, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(843) 838-5290 574 Sea Island Pkwy
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
31 Hearthwood Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Estate Planning
Hilton Head Island, SC Estate Planning Attorney
(803) 842-3579 37 Port Tack
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Estate Planning, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Tiffany Provence
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Summerville, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(843) 871-9500 300 N. Cedar Street
Suite A
Summerville, SC 29483
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Medical Malpractice and Probate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Tiffany Provence formed Provence Messervy, LLC after more than 10 years as an elected official, serving Dorchester County as the Probate Judge and an additional two as Associate Judge. Provence is a graduate of the University of Florida and University of South Carolina School of Law. Provence also holds dual certifications as both a Civil and Family Court mediator and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of South Carolina.

Provence currently serves as the Drug Court Judge for Dorchester County. She has also served as President and Legal Counsel for Dorchester Paws (formerly Francis R. Willis...
Evan Guthrie
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Charleston, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(843) 926-3813 164 Market Street Suite 362
Charleston, SC 29401
Estate Planning, Animal, Probate and Trademarks
University of South Carolina School of Law
Mr. Russell D. Hilton
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Summerville, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(843) 376-5524 104 South Pine Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
Mississippi College School of Law
Former Prosecutor, now Criminal Defense Attorney and General Practitioner providing excellent representation to quality clients.
Jason McGrath
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Mt. Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(800) 481-2180 656 Coleman Blvd
Unit 405
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning, Business, Foreclosure Defense and Tax
Mr. McGrath has been practicing law continuously since 1996. He spent five (5) years as an “assistant DA”, and was consistently near the top with regard to the number of trials completed and the percentage of trials won. After being recruited into a highly rated private firm, Mr. McGrath was promoted and named managing partner of one of the firm’s offices. In 2009, he started his own firm. Mr. McGrath has tried over 100 cases to completion, has prepared over 10,000 legal documents for clients, has participated in thousands of depositions (including hundreds of expert depositions), and has represented...
Seth Levy
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Mount Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(843) 400-4510 260 W. Coleman Blvd., Suite B
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
West Virginia University College of Law
Offering diligent and personal legal services in the following areas: Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, as well as Probate Administration. Also seeking clients who desire Asset Protection counseling.
Tripp Wiles
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Mount Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(843) 806-0561 852 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Memphis
Tripp was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a M.A. from Hawaii Pacific University in Diplomacy and Military Studies. Tripp earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He is a former Army officer and served in Germany and Macedonia. He is a former research analyst for both the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii and the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. Tripp is the author of the book Forgotten Raiders of‘42. In December 2013, Tripp was appointed by Governor Nikki R. Haley...
E. Reid Green
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Mt Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(843) 564-5115 496 Bramson Ct
Suite 100
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Reid, a Charleston real estate attorney, handles all of the firms real estate transactions. Reid assists individuals, families, and investors in navigating the complicated and detailed process of buying and selling real property. Reid is a licensed title insurance agent with Chicago Title Insurance Company and is experienced in handling all types of real estate litigation and real estate transactions involving real property including buying, selling, leasing, refinance and 1031 exchanges.

Reid also practices in the areas of estate planning and probate administration, probate and estate litigation, business succession planning, asset protection, commercial litigation, and other business law matters....
Jocelyn Bolling
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Mount Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(843) 345-1207 856 Lowcountry Blvd.
Suite 101
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
Eleanor Washburn
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Mt. Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 32 years experience
(843) 972-3391 1110 Queensborough Blvd, Suite 103
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of South Carolina School of Law
D. Nathan Davis
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CHARLESTON, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(843) 571-4042 1470 Tobias Gadson Blvd, Ste. 202
CHARLESTON, SC 29407
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, I have been helping people with financial problems, financial planning and creditor abuse matters for over 40 years. My goal is to have my clients in better shape when their legal matter is concluded than when it bagan.
Steven Lenehan Bell
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North Charleston, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(888) 612-7001 7011 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Wake Forest University
Steven Lenehan Bell, Jr. is the son of a small town lawyer and a college professor in Batesville, Arkansas. Steven earned a business degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Steven joined the Veterans’ Disability practice at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers in 2017, because he remembers watching a wounded veteran in his family battle to receive benefits that were deserved. He takes pride in his profession and does everything he can to make sure that other veterans have somebody in their corner willing to fight for them and...
Patrick Watts
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Summerville, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(843) 851-7050 133 East 1st North Street
Suite 6
Summerville, SC 29483
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
John Perry
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Johns Island, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(843) 830-5332 3021 Rushland Mews
Johns Island, SC 29455
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Dickinson School of Law
Beth Santilli
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Mt. Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(843) 216-0009 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Suite 204
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Employment
Prior to running her own firm, Beth Santilli practiced with Fleet Freeman for several years, eventually becoming his partner. She is an experienced advocate that has helped many clients facing legal challenges in the Lowcountry. She works diligently to draft corporate and estate documents that keep her clients out of court. When litigation is unavoidable, you can rely on her experience and knowledge in the courtroom. She has litigated several civil cases including business disputes, estate disputes and employer/employee matters. She regularly creates business entities and acts as outside corporate counsel. Beth has drafted numerous corporate documents and corporate processes,...
Audrey R. Brown
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Charleston, SC Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(843) 259-2195 914B Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
George Mason University School of Law
Jessica M. Wentworth
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Charleston, SC Estate Planning Attorney
(843) 416-8498 1 Carriage Lane
Building E, Suite 105
Charleston, SC 29407
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Jessica M. Wentworth is the owner of IKON LAW, practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate Administration and Litigation, and Real Estate transactions. She graduated from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2007, and graduated Cum Laude from the Charleston School of Law in 2014. Before entering the legal field, Jessica worked in commercial real estate development, leasing, and property management. During her law school career, she served as President of the Charleston Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, as Vice President of the Estate Planning and Tax Law Society, and volunteered...
Austin J Anderson
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Mount Pleasant, SC Estate Planning Attorney
(843) 388-3661 1032 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Suite 201
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Estate Planning, DUI and Personal Injury
Kristen Gaetke
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Charleston, SC Estate Planning Lawyer
(888) 571-2525 834 Wappoo Rd
Charleston, SC 29407-1863
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Danielle Garnette Walker
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Charleston, SC Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(843) 571-2525 2236 Ashley Crossing Dr
Charleston, SC 29414
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Energy
Oakbrook College of Law
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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.


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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.