Bob is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and has been... more
Bob is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and has been practicing law with the Van Winkle Firm since 1978. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a frequent lecturer and workshop participant of the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Caroline is in the Hendersonville office of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and... more
Caroline is in the Hendersonville office of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A., where she has worked since receiving her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2000. While at Wake Forest, she was Notes Comments Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. She received her B.A. degree in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 1992. Her primary practice areas are est... view profile
John joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2008, focusing his practice on estate... more
John joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2008, focusing his practice on estate planning and administration. He previously served two years as a clerk for Justice Paul Newby at the North Carolina Supreme Court. He served two years on the staff of the North Carolina Law Review, including one year as articles editor, and also helped update a textbook on estate and gift taxation.
Adam is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law, and a... more
Adam is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law, and a Certified Public Accountant in both North Carolina and South Carolina. His experience as a CPA in private practice and then as a lawyer gives Adam a practical perspective that compliments his strong technical expertise. His practice includes advising his clients regarding estate planning, trust and estate administrat... view profile
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.