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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 Association’s Committees on Estate Planning and Employee Benefits and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Section on Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law where he is a sits on the Section’s Legislative and Ethics Committees.  Jim was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s drafting committee that recently prepared extensive revisions to North Carolina’s probate statutes (Chapter 28A of the General Statutes) which become effective January 1, 2012.  Jim is also a contributing author to the 2012-2013 edition of the North Carolina Estate Administration Manual, published by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, and regularly contributes articles to the Bar Association’s estate planning professional journal, The Will & The Way.  Jim has also authored a number of professional articles published in the Bureau of National Affairs’ Tax Management & Compensation Planning Journal.

In addition to his extensive trusts and estates experience, Jim brings many years of business experience to his practice. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a trust officer for two national banking corporations. He also earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Jim holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, an MBA from East Carolina University and his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. 

Jim has involved himself in a number of charitable and community service organizations at the local, state, and national levels.  He was selected by his fellow members of the Bar as a member of Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite in the field of Tax and Estate Planning Law for 2010 and 2012. He is a member of the Charlotte chapter of the Financial Planning Association and the Charlotte Estate Planning Council.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
    15 years
  2. Trusts: 30%
    15 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    15 years
  4. Employee Benefits: 15%
    15 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeremy Todd Canipe

    I strongly endorse Jim Hickmon. I am a business lawyer and we worked together on common clients at a prior law firm. Jim has very strong skills regarding setting up an appropriate and well-designed estate plan for clients with complex legal and tax needs. You won't find estate matters that are too difficult for Jim Hickmon.


    Jeremy Canipe Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jennifer H. Keaton

    When it is complicated and absolutely has to be done right, Jim always comes through. His understanding of business realities and the law makes him a true partner to business clients.


    Jennifer Keaton Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hickmon & Perrin, PC

5605 Carnegie Boulevard.
Suite 175
Charlotte, NC, 28209


VAAuthorized to practice law200103/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite - Tax and Estate PlanningBusiness North Carolina Magazine2013
Five-Star Wealth Manager - Estate PlanningCharlotte Magazine2012
Legal Elite - Tax & Estate PlanningBusiness North Carolina Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Five Star Wealth Manager - Estate PlanningCharlotte Magazine2011
Professional Services All-StarCharlotte Business Journal2010
Five Star Wealth Manager - Estate PlanningCharlotte Magazine2010
North Carolina Legal Elite - Tax & Estate PlanningBusiness North Carolina Magazine2010
Five Star Wealth Manager - Estate PlanningCharlotte Magazine2009
AdmittedU.S. Tax Court2002
Certified FInancial Planner (R)Certified Planner Board of Standards1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHickmon Law, PC2012 - Present
Special CounselHedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP2009 - 2012
ShareholderHickmon Law, PC2006 - 2009
AssociateMcGuireWoods2003 - 2006
AssociateWilliams Mullen2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Ethics CommitteeMember2010 - Present
NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Legislative CommitteeMember2007 - Present
NC Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionMember2006 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember2004 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember: Estate Planning & Employee Benefits Committees2001 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2001 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Financial Planning AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wortman, et al v. Hutaff, et al (12 NCBC 9 (2012))Ruling for Plaintiffs/Beneficiaries
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Will and the Way (NCBA)The Unauthorized Practice of Law By Nonlawyer Professionals in North Carolina2012
The Will and the Way (NCBA)Claims, Liens & Judgments Against Estates2012
The Will and the Way (NCBA)North Carolina's Revised Probate Procedures: The New Chapter 28A2011
BNA Tax Management and Compensation Planning JournalSarbanes-Oxley Produces Complex Blackout Notice Requirements and Imposes Personal Civil Liability for Plan Administrators2003
Bureau of National Affairs, Tax Management and Compensation Planning Journal"Current Considerations for Adopting New Employee Benefit Plan Claims Procedures"2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
East Carolina UniversityN/AMBA1996
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mecklenburg County BarUnderstanding & Mitigating the Federal Fiduciary Income Tax2013
National Advisors Trust CPE/CLE SeriesUnderstanding & Mitigating the Federal Fiduciary Income Tax2012
Charlotte Financial Planners Association Annual SymposiumFinancial & Estate Planning for Retirement Plan Assets & Executive Compensation2012
33rd Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law ProgramModifications to North Carolina's General Statutes Governing the Administration of Decedent's Estates2012
CFP Professional Educational SeriesPractical Post-Mortem Financial Planning and Estate Administration for CFPs and CPAs2011
CFP Professional Education SeriesModifying & Terminating Irrevocable Trusts Under North Carolina's Uniform Trust Code2011
CFP Professional Education SeriesUnderstanding & Mitigating the Federal Fiduciary Income Tax2011