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John G. Kelso

John G. Kelso

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Tax, Probate

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About Me

John practices in the areas of estate planning and tax law. His estate planning and administration practice focuses on wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, in addition to more sophisticated planning with charitable trusts, insurance trusts, business succession, and structured gifts. In his tax practice, John works with individuals, businesses, and families to minimize taxation of personal and professional transactions. He has been designated as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Probate: 25%
    17 years
  2. Tax: 25%
    17 years
  3. Trusts: 25%
    17 years
  4. Estate Planning: 25%
    17 years

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Contact Info

11 N Market St.
Asheville, NC, 28801

PO Box 7376
Asheville, NC, 28802



NCAuthorized to practice law199606/07/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyer2015
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate LawNorth Carolina State Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThe Van Winkle Law Firm1997 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
28th Judicial District BarN/AN/A
Land of Sky Estate Planning CouncilN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar Assocation, Tax SectionN/AN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityN/ALLM-Taxation1997
University of North CarolinaLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Davidson CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
34th Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law ProgramCo-Speaker, NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section2013
33rd Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law ProgramCo-Speaker, NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section2012
2011 Estate Planning UpdateEstate Planning Changes2011