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that Lasts Generations.

From our offices in North Carolina and Florida, the team at TrustCounsel serves clients throughout North Carolina, Florida, New York and Tennessee.



Estate Planning

An estate plan is an essential consideration for all individuals, no matter your age or situation. A basic estate plan can help to provide certainty for various scenarios in the event that you become incapacitated or upon your death.


While you may think trusts are only for the extremely wealthy, they are a great legal tool for managing and protecting your assets. Our trust attorneys help you through the process of creating a trust that will best protect your family and your assets.



Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person's will is validated, and their assets are distributed according to the terms of the will or, in the absence of a will, according to applicable laws. The primary goals of probate are to ensure the proper distribution of the deceased person's assets, settle their debts, and resolve any claims against the estate.

Business Entity Formation

Business entity formation refers to the process of legally establishing a distinct and separate organization that conducts business activities. Choosing the right business structure is a critical decision for entrepreneurs and business owners, as it affects various aspects of the business, including liability, taxation, and management.


Asset Protection

Asset protection refers to a set of legal strategies and financial planning techniques designed to safeguard an individual's or a business's wealth and assets from potential risks, threats, or liabilities. The goal of asset protection is to minimize the impact of unforeseen events, such as lawsuits, creditor claims, bankruptcy, or other financial challenges, by legally and strategically organizing assets in a way that makes them less vulnerable to seizure or loss.


Tax Law

Tax law encompasses the body of laws and regulations that dictate how taxes are imposed, assessed, and collected by governmental authorities. It is a complex and multifaceted field that governs the taxation of individuals, businesses, and other entities.



Our team of attorneys at TrustCounsel has well over 100 years of combined experience. As estate planning attorneys, we like to say that we specialize in Peace of Mind. Whether you are just starting out or looking back at a life well-lived, we can craft a comprehensive estate plan based on your goals and wishes. We can help you protect your family, preserve your assets, and save taxes, not to mention avoid probate.

When a loved one has passed away, we can ease the legal and financial burdens that follow. We have handled thousands of estate and trust administrations, including related tax planning and compliance. Let us help you with the probate process – our attorneys can even serve as personal representative (executor or administrator) and or trustee.



Top Three Pitfalls of DIY Estate Planning

You may have encountered numerous advertisements online or seen commercials promoting do-it-yourself estate planning. These ads often suggest that the process is straightforward, easily manageable with just a few clicks, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. With appealing user interfaces and the promise of significant cost savings, these DIY estate planning tools present themselves as convenient and efficient alternatives to traditional legal consultation. However, despite its accessibility and affordability, Do-it-yourself (DIY) estate planning can lead to serious errors that undermine the effectiveness of your final wishes. Here are three common mistakes that can occur: To avoid these and other potential pitfalls of DIY estate planning, we highly recommend consulting with an estate planning attorney. At TrustCounsel, we offer personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring that your estate plan is legally valid and fully aligns with your wishes. We also help you navigate complex

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What They Say About Us

Gregory Herman-Giddens has represented my family in North Carolina for years. Upon the passing of a family member he and his law firm performed exceptionally insuring my needs and the needs of my family were met. As my remaining family member ages, a problem over a legal issue occurred at which time Mr. Herman-Giddens was quick to step up to the plate and handle the problem without there being concerns on my part. Definitely a "can do" attorney! Highly recommended!
We use Greg for all our estate planning and trust needs. He and his staff have been excellent every step of the way, always thinking of things we should watch out for. Our business relationship is solid, well-documented, and completely satisfactory.
We've used Greg Herman-Giddens to provide estate planning services for a number of years. He provides excellent advice and service. We trust his knowledge and expertise in preparing all our estate planning documents.
Thank you ~We remember your dedication to helping us when we lost our son.
You were a God-send. Forever grateful.
We've used Greg Herman-Giddens to provide estate planning services for a number of years. He provides excellent advice and service. We trust his knowledge and expertise in preparing all our estate planning documents.




1414 Raleigh Road
Ste. 203
Chapel Hill, NC 27517


50101 Governors Drive
Ste. 155
Chapel Hill, NC 27517


1415 Panther Lane
Ste. 534
Naples, FL 34109



TrustCounsel now includes attorney David Frankstone and the former Higgins, Frankstone, Graves & Morris. Attorney Dean Broz has retired.