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Education:  A.B., UNC-CH, 1970; J.D. (cum laude), Wake Forest University, 1975; LL.M. (in Taxation), NYU, 1983.  Lieutenant (line officer, overseas sea duty) U.S. Navy, 1970-1973.  Published in Wake Forest Uinversity Law Review, Campbell University Law Review, The Will and The Way (NC Bar Association Estate Planning Newletter), Agricultural Law Update.  Over 50 manuscripts for continuing education in the areas of taxation and estate planning and administration, including the North Carolina Bar Association Sections on Estate Planning and Administration Law, Tax Law, Domestic Relations Law; Virginia Bar Association; Colorado Bar Association; South Carolina Bar Association; Georgia Bar Association; Queen's University Estate Planners Day; Duke University Estate Planning Council; Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning at University of Miami; American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Adjunct Faculty, Campbell University Law School 1984-1996.  Faculty:  American Bankers Association Southeastern Trust School (1992 - present); American Bankers Association National Trust School (Chicago) 2000-2003; Certified Trust and Financial Advisors Forum (Pinehurst) 1993 - present.  Awards:  Citizen of the Year, Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce 2006; Gertrude S. Caraway Award of Merit for Historic Preservation, 2006; Eagle Scout, 1965.  Board Memberships:  North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc. (since 2003, Chairman 2009 - 2013); Johnston Community College (since 2003); Smithfield Public Library (since 2002); Councilor, North Carolina State Bar (1995-1997); Presidential Advisors, Campbell University (since 2004); NC Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division (chairman, 2007-2008).  Selected:  One of Best 100 Lawyers in NC by Charlotte Magazine of Law and Politics (2006 - 2013) and One of Best 25 Lawyers in Raleigh (same publication, 2013).  Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, North Carolina State Bar (since 1987).  Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (elected 1989).


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    41 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Tax: 25%
    33 years, 10 thousand cases
  3. Business: 15%
    41 years, 10 thousand cases



Hourly ($300-400/hour)

Payment types:

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  • Thomas Christopher Bell

    I strongly endorse Jimmy Narron. Mr. Narron has a reputation for being one of the best Tax and Estate Planning attorneys in North Carolina, and he is highly regarded by his peers. Beyond being an excellent lawyer, Mr. Narron's dedication to integrity and professionalism in the practice of law serves as an example for younger attorneys.


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  • Michael A. Colombo

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known him as a colleague and friend for over 30 years. He's one of the best tax lawyers anywhere.


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Contact info

Po Box 1567
Smithfield, NC, 27577-1567


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Citizen LawyerNorth Carolina Bar Association2009
Citizen of the YearGreater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce2006
Distinguished Citizen--Neusiok District (Johnston County, NC)Boy Scouts of America2003
Governor's Award for Leadership in Downtown DevelopmentState of North Carolina1988
Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization1987
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1965
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lieutenant--Line OfficerUnited States Navy1970 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
Campbell UniversityMember of Presidential Board of Advisors2004 - Present
Johnston Community CollegeBoard Member2003 - Present
Public Library of Smithfield and Johnston CountyBoard Member2002 - Present
First-Citizens Bank and Trust CompanyMember, Advisory Board of Directors, Smithfield1995 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1989 - Present
North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc.Chairman of the Board of Directors2009 - 2013
North Carolina State BarCouncilor1995 - 1997
North Carolina State Bar Specialty Certification Committee for Estate Planning and Probate LawChairman1993 - 1995
NC Bar Association Committee on CLEMember1992 - 1995
NC Bar Association Tax and Estate Planning CLE CommitteeMember1992 - 1994
Eleventh Judicial District (NC) Bar AssociationPresident1991 - 1991
Johnston County, North Carolina, Bar AssociationPresident1990 - 1990
Johnston County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control AuthorityMember1988 - 2007
Campbell University Law SchoolAdjunct Professor1984 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Keyes v. Johnson, NC Supreme Court, 2013 NC LEXIS 339fees denied to counsel requesting same
Holland v. Horne, 695 S.E.2d 760 (N.C. 2010), aff'g. 690 S.E.2d 559 (N.C. App. 2009) (trial court decision in favor of defendants affirmed
Hinnant v. Philips, 184 N.C. App. 241 (2007)Plaintiff (client) prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Will and the Way (NCBA)A Primer on Disclaimer of Joint Interests (with Jason Wenzel)2011
34 Univ. of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Ch. 15Non-Charitable Inter Vivos Gifts--A Plan for Tax Relief2000
The Will and the Way (NCBA)Jurisdiction and Appeals from the Clerk in Probate Matters1994
National Business Institute--0J19004Tax Considerations in Administering North Carolina Estates1992
National Business Insttute--09J11001/09J11002Planning for Income in Respect of a Decedent1992
North Carolina Elder Law: The Basics and Beyond--National Business InstituteWills: The Essentials1990
Agricultural Law UpdateRelief under Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 Can Cause Cancellation of Indebtedness Income1989
8 Campbell University Law Review 173Estate Planning Considerations for the North Carolina Principal and Income Act1986
3 Campbell University Law Review 29Installment Land Contracts in North Carolina1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M.1983
Wake Forest University School of LawN/AJ.D. (cum laude)1975
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPolitical Science and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates SectionVirginia Asset Protection for the Common Man2013
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Southeast Regional MeetingTrustee Appointment and Removal--North Carolina Perspective2010
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Task Force CommitteeIrrevocable Trusts--for Family Lawyers (QPRTs, GRATs, IDGTs, CLTs, CRTs, ILITs2009
Colorado Bar Association, Trust and Estate SectionColorado Asset Protection for the Common Man2009
Duke University Estate Planning ConferenceAsset Protection for the Common Man2005
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionUsing the New Statute to Amend Revocable Trusts; Practical Uses of Disclaimers2003
North Carolina Bar Association Hot Topics SeminarModification and Termination of Irrevocable Trusts2003
South Carolina Planned Giving CouncilWhat Makes a Client a Charitable Donor2002
Duke University Estate Planning ConferenceDrafting and Using Powers of Attorney in Real Life Situations2002
American Bankers Association National Trust SchoolSubchapter J: Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates2002
Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates SectionTax Traps for Estate Planning Counsel2001
American Bankers Association Trust, Estate, and Marketing Conference, San FranciscoGift Tax Update--Planning for 20012001
IRS National Estate and Gift Tax CPETransfer Tax Planning Issues--Including Delay in Funding Marital Trusts2000
Georgia Bar Association Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Annual MeetingGift Strategies and Pitfalls2000
American Bankers Association Asset Management and Marketing Conference, New YorkeGift Planning Strategies for the New Millennium2000
Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates SectionGift Planning for 2000 and Beyond1999
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionThe Lawyer's Duty to the Tax System--Considerations for Probate Counsel1999
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionEstate Planning with Powers of Attorney1998
Queens College Estate Planners DayPlanning for Lifetime Gifts1996
North Carolina Bar Association, Tax Law SectionCapital Gains Review1995
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Task Force CommitteeTransfer and Redemption Issues--Unintended Tax Consequences1995
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law SectionStock Redemptions in Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Structure and Judicial Authority1994
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionWorking with the Clerk of Superior Court as 'Judge of Probate'1993
Duke University Estate Planning ConferenceStructuring an Inter Vivos Gift Program1993
North Carolina Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionPlanning for Death, Disability, and Retirement1991
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionThe Surviving Spouse's Right to Dissent in North Carolina1991
Duke University Estate Planning ConferenceEstate Planning for, and with, Installment Sales and Installment Notes1990
Farm, Ranch and Agribusiness Bankruptcy InstituteTax Considerations for the Agricultural Credit Act of 19871989
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionIncome in Respect of a Decedent1987