I have been practicing law in Kentucky since 2007, and I have been licensed in... more
I have been practicing law in Kentucky since 2007, and I have been licensed in Tennessee since 2012. I primarily focus on trusts and estate planning for doctors, mainly because my wife is a physician and I want to protect doctors, who are highly intelligent and have sacrificed much in order to help others, from people hoping to siphon from the largesse of the doctors.
I help families and businesses protect their assets to pass a legacy to the next... more
I help families and businesses protect their assets to pass a legacy to the next generation. I am active in my church and community and I enjoy snorkeling, hiking, reading and window shopping. STEPHEN L. CARPENTER is an attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee, where his practice is concentrated in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Tax Law and Small Business transactional matters. Mr. Carpente... view profile
BA Emory University and Rhodes College 1975 JD University of Memphis School of Law... more
BA Emory University and Rhodes College 1975 JD University of Memphis School of Law 1978 LLM Emory University School of Law 1979 Admitted to TN Supreme Court 1978 US District Court 1979 US Tax Court 1980 AV Rated in Martindale Hubbelll Legal Directory Named Top Wealth Manager in estate planning, business planning, and taxation in Memphis Magazine
I am a detail-oriented attorney that pays close attention to the financial aspects... more
I am a detail-oriented attorney that pays close attention to the financial aspects of estate planning. Given the sensitive nature of estate law matters, after seeing the first-hand effects that a contested will can have on a family, I attempt to identify the sensitive issues that are often present. Often all family members involved have valid concerns that can be addressed by a focused, sensi... view profile
I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning and post-death... more
I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning and post-death administration, as well as asset protection planning and charitable planned giving. I counsel clients with respect to a wide range of issues relating to wills and trusts, estate planning, trust administration, asset protection, charitable giving, business succession and taxes.
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.