Nov. 25, 2012
-- Herman-Giddens of TrustCounsel, a Chapel Hill estate planning law firm, has provided individuals and families pro bono legal services in North Carolina for estate planning, trust administration and tax law. The award recognizes his 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.
As a certified financial planner and board-certified specialist in estate planning, Herman-Giddens routinely advises clients on taxation, probate, asset protection, and creates and administers trusts. Herman-Giddens is President of TrustCounsel and provides estate planning services outside of North Carolina in Florida, New York and Tennessee. Over the years, his free legal service contributions to low income families have been honored on multiple occasions and last year was appointed by North Carolina attorneys as a Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate.
The Pro Bono Award was presented to North Carolina attorneys by the New Hanover County Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina in Wilmington. The award recognizes Herman-Giddens’
selfless contribution of free civil legal services and expertise to North Carolina clients in need.
TrustCounsel is a North Carolina estate planning and tax law firm with offices in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. The firm also has offices in New York and Miami, serving clients throughout North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and New York. Practice areas include: estate planning (wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, HIPAA authorizations);
trusts (charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, generation-skipping trusts and dynasty trusts, marital trusts, NFA trusts); taxation (tax planning, retirement distribution planning, tax return preparation, self-directed IRA taxation issues, representation before the IRS and state taxing authorities);
fiduciary administration (estate administration / probate, trust administration, guardianships);
property agreements (premarital agreements, post-marital agreements, joint ownership agreements); business law (buy-sell agreements, consulting agreements, non-competition agreements, corporations, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, non-profit organizations);
asset protection planning (offshore and domestic trusts, limited liability entities); real estate matters (deeds, promissory notes, deeds of trust); partition proceedings (court-ordered sale or division of land); elder law (Medicaid planning, veterans benefits); and probate and trust litigation. www.trustcounselpa.com