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Nina Whitehurst

Estate planning Attorney at Crossville, TN

5.0   13 reviews

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In my more than 30 years of practicing law, I have seen a lot of terrible outcomes resulting from both families and businesses having failed to plan the succession for their businesses, their real estate holdings, their retirement accounts, their bank and brokerage accounts and even their pets.

By looking ahead, detailing your wishes, and creating a roadmap you can avoid difficult situations I’ve witnessed over the years such as:

  • A farm family was unable to tap the deceased matriarch’s large savings account in order to provide for operating needs because no death beneficiary was specified in advance.
  • A once-thriving businesses withered and died when better planning could have provided a legacy for the deceased entrepreneur’s heirs.
  • A widow was kicked out of the home she shared with her late husband because the home was titled in the name of her husband and his mother as joint tenants with right of survivorship, a common form of ownership in which the survivor takes all. Unexpectedly, her husband died first, leaving the home to her mother-in-law, who died without a will not long after that, leaving the house to the widow’s sisters-in-law. The sisters-in-law kicked the widow out, clearly contrary to her deceased husband’s and mother-in-law’s wishes as they had been talking about making changes to the vesting to prevent this, but they never got around to it.
  • A woman I knew predeceased her parents. She had been married with no children. She did not leave a will because she assumed that if she died intestate (which means without a will) everything would “automatically” go to her spouse. Contrary to her intentions, half of her substantial separate property estate ended up being distributed to her elderly parents, who hardly needed the money, after a costly probate.
  • I worry about people in long-term unmarried relationships.  Without a will or trust, or both, the surviving partner is guaranteed to get nothing if the other dies.
  • I personally have adopted dogs who ended up as strays or in foster care when their former caretakers passed away without a plan in place for their beloved pets. I can’t adopt them all, unfortunately, but I also have volunteered numerous times to help transport rescue animals from death row to forever homes.

Death and taxes are inevitable, but there is plenty we can do to minimize the burdens on our loved ones, create a smooth transition, and protect your legacy.

As an attorney and as a person who has lost a spouse I can express the relief and gratitude I experienced because I had:

  • A comprehensive estate and disability plan in place when my late husband was diagnosed with cancer.
  • All of the tools and financial support I needed to obtain medical records, make medical decisions, obtain 24/7 in-home care.
  • Access financial and other assets with very few questions asked and without having to go to court.

I am passionate about helping you ensure that when sad events like death or disability occur, family members are empowered to carry out your intentions without having to ever darken the doorstep of the local courthouse.

Don’t follow in the footsteps of these famous celebrities who failed to plan!

Peace of mind through planning. I would love to have the honor of helping you achieve it.

Licensed for 36 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/19/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 12/03/2022
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 12/21/2022
State AK
Status Inactive
Acquired 2018
Updated 12/13/2022
State OR
Status Inactive
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/11/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1996
Updated 01/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Cumberland Legacy Law
330 Ridgeline Dr.
Crossville, TN, 38571

Reviews

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Posted by David | June 24, 2022
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Client Review
As clients of Cumberland Legacy law in 2022 we can attest to their professionalism and thoroughness. We had more than a ”run of the mill” legacy situation. Nina, because of her background and ability to quickly research unique situations was able to provide a legacy plan tailored specifically to our desires. There was not only a thoroughly documented written plan but all the verbal interchange to develop the plan and assure we understood all the details of the plan. We enjoyed working with a person who not only cared but took the time to share.
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Posted by Susan | December 6, 2021
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Excellent service
If you want an attorney who looks out for your best interests and is very thorough, this is the attorney for you. Nina answered every call, text, or email usually within 30 minutes. She is very professional and handled all details in a precise manner.
Posted by Allen | May 6, 2021
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Trust
Above and beyond my expectations. We were left with piece of mind in our senior years.
Posted by Paul | February 1, 2021
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Home buyer
The level of detail and professionalism provided resulted in allowing me to correct a potentially unsatisfactory home buying experience turn into a positive event. I will never purchase a home in the future without getting Nina’s support and advice.
Posted by Betty | October 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
A word of appreciation.
A Word of Appreciation I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Attorney Ms. Nina Whitehurst for her expert Legal advice in a legal matter that occurred recently. She gave ample time by phone and was very prompt in returning my phone calls. The tone of her voice relayed to me the concern she displayed and the proper legal advice relating to the matter, concerning myself and my nephew. I will be eternally grateful for her advice.
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Posted by Richard | June 24, 2020
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Estate Planning
Nina and her husband, Brian, did a great job putting together all the facets of our estate and getting things organized. We believe that their process has resulted in the plan that we wanted and should make passing our estate eventually to our sons much easier and less costly!
Posted by JoAnne | June 6, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
One phone call helped so much!
I found Nina by 'google.,' and was pleasantly surprised when she answered the phone. As she listened to my story she also ran up against time constraints to talk longer. Then, asking me to email her my story,....she replied the next morning with a link to answer my most pressing question and with an offer to help further if need be.. I would not hesitate to request her assistance/hire her as she has shown no hesitation to 'be there'.... thanks Nina!
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Posted by Tony | April 13, 2019
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Will retain again!!
Constant communications -- with any concern or though we received 'at once' response. Is a realist. Giving valued consideration to our desires measured against possible reality. Did her homework on the issue, then presented options with details for execution of each. Very professional, yet maintained a level of personal comfort. She represented us exactly as we requested after considerable conversations as to 'best' approach. Her knowledge of the matter being negotiated, along with her experience in dealing with governmental managers, was an ideal mixture for success in our case. We strongly suggest having an exploratory interview with Nina Whitehurst in your 'attorney of me' research. She resides at the top of our go-to list for legal assistance.
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Posted by Stephen | February 18, 2019
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Our Wizard
Nina Whitehurst is a legal wizard, no less. She helped me to craft a trust concerning another entity which will serve well. She and her husband Brian listened to all aspects of the situations and came through with Class AAA service and product, not to mention their personal touches. The BEST.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
So happy to have discovered Legacy Law Center and to have worked with them. Smart, prompt, affordable and reliable. Needed to work with a good team player and we got that.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exemplary, responsive, devoted, extremely competent
When we learned that our estate plan was missing crucial element, we heard from one attorney after another, “your trust is too complicated, so nothing was accomplished in a year in a half. Once we found Nina, she worked diligently through a holiday weekend to analyze our lengthy documents. At one time in my career, I identified CEO candidates for my clients and I can assure you, Nina would have been a top choice. She is truly devoted and operating near the speed of light!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
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trust updated
I thought Nina did an excellent job doing a restatement of our revocable trust. She responded quickly to questions and clarifications when asked for. The process went smoothly and without stress.
Posted by Patricia | August 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Perfect Attorney
I hired Nina Whitehurst for an adoption of an adult child. She did an excellent job in the adoption was final . A few months later I had hired Mrs,Whitehurst again this time for probate. She help me through the grieving. By taking a big problem and making it very small .I have now hired her for the estate planning.I have all the confidence in the world in her. I have recommended her to several others which they have actually used her service. They are happy with her as I have been. I have now hired her for my estate planning. She's very easy to work with very articulate and thorough.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Associations

  • Siskiyou County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Siskiyou County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Business Law News, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Asociate Editor
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 654
  • Director and Secretary
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Executive Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Appointments Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Executive Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Marin Ninety-Nines
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Executive Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Petaluma Area Pilots Association
  • Director and Secretary
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Agribusiness Committee of Business Law Section of State Bar of California
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Limited Liability Company Act Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona
  • Founder and Chairperson
  • 1989 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Various
  • Wills, Trusts and Nursing Home Asset Protection
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Nina
Real estate Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Whitehurst is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Business Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Whitehurst are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nina is an active member in the Estate Planning community. She is generous with her time and knowledge."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nina is a kind and compassionate lawyer. She takes the time to understand the needs of her clients. She has a thorough understanding legal issues. She guides clients to solutions which protect their families. Nina is an excellent attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nina brings decades of experience in multiple practice areas, and she is licensed in multiple states, giving her a deep understanding of the issues families face in both estate planning and post-death planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. So happy to have discovered Legacy Law Center and to have worked with them. Smart, prompt, affordable and reliable."
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