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James Edward Hickmon

About James Hickmon

About me

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.