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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.



Deeds with Life Use vs. Asset Protection Trusts: Key Considerations and Potential Pitfalls

Estate planning involves making crucial decisions about how your assets will be managed and distributed, both during your lifetime and after your death. Two common strategies in this realm are using a deed with life use and setting up an asset protection trust. Each approach offers unique benefits but also comes with its own set of risks and potential complications. Understanding these strategies in detail is essential for making informed decisions that align with your goals and circumstances. Deed with Life Use A “deed with life use” (or “life estate deed”) is a type of property deed where the owner retains the right to use and live on the property for the rest of their life. Upon their death, the property automatically transfers to the designated beneficiaries (remaindermen) without going through probate. Dangers: Asset Protection Trust An “asset protection trust” is a legal arrangement designed to protect an individual’s assets

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