Jim Hickmon is an wealth transfer, estate planning and employee benefits attorney in... more
Jim Hickmon is an wealth transfer, estate planning and employee benefits attorney in Charlotte, NC. Jim assists clients with estate planning, trust, tax and probate law issues. He also works with clients to resolve trust and estate related disputes, including representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in litigated matters. He is a member of the American Bar Associations Committees on Estate Pla... view profile
Andrew D. Atherton is an attorney in the law firm of McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A.,... more
Andrew D. Atherton is an attorney in the law firm of McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., where his practice focuses on developing and implementing comprehensive personal estate plans, assisting clients in navigating the estate administration and probate process, advising client on how to deal with the costs of long term care, asset preservation, insurance coverage, Social Security, Medicare, Medica... view profile
Steve has been with the Van Winkle Law Firm since coming to Asheville in 1992.His... more
Steve has been with the Van Winkle Law Firm since coming to Asheville in 1992.His practice emphasizes trust and estate disputes and fiduciary related claims.In addition, Steve handles guardianship matters, wrongful death and personal injury claims, commercial litigation and other complex matters.Steve is also a certified mediator and mediates a wide variety of cases.
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.