Gregory Herman-Giddens

Gregory Herman-Giddens

Experienced and Qualified Trust and Estate Counsel and Expert Witness
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Tax Law...
  • England and Wales, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee
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Summary

Greg Herman-Giddens provides estate planning, probate and tax law comprehensive wealth planning, protection and management services to residents of North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and New York. Through careful selection of strategies tailored to our clients' individualized goals and objectives, he helps individuals protect family, preserve assets and save taxes.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Tax Law
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
England and Wales
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Florida
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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North Carolina
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Tennessee
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder & President
Southern Gun Law Group
Current
The Southern Gun Law Group creates NFA gun trusts in North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Founded by Chapel Hill estate planning attorney Gregory Herman-Giddens, the Southern Gun Law Group uses a sophisticated planning system designed to help individuals legally acquire, own, share and transfer firearms the way they want. Protecting firearms collectors, gun enthusiasts, hunters and their beneficiaries, NFA gun trusts hold title of weapons in lieu of individual ownership. The Southern Gun Law Group combines award-winning estate planning legal expertise with specialized training in federal gun laws and gun trusts to provide top legal services for the owners of firearms throughout the south.
President
TrustProtector, LLC
Current
TrustProtector, LLC provides trust protector services for domestic and offshore trusts.
President
TrueSouth Asset Management, Inc.
Current
Stockholder
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
- Current
President
TrustCounsel
- Current
The skilled estate planning attorneys at TrustCounsel develop estate plans to protect your family, preserve your assets and save taxes. TrustCounsel’s attorneys focus on educating and empowering clients with the legal options they need to make well-informed decisions with their families’ future in mind. High levels of technical expertise do not prevent our attorneys from communicating complicated laws in easy-to-understand language. We strive to provide prompt, courteous, and personalized service while keeping legal jargon at a minimum. In addition to North Carolina estate planning offices in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, TrustCounsel also operates out of Miami, Florida and New York City. Through these law offices, TrustCounsel provides estate planning, probate and elder law services to North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and New York.
Education
University of Miami School of Law
LL.M | Estate Planning
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Tulane University School of Law
J.D | Law
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Honors: Honor Scholarship
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.A | Psychology
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Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi
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Awards
North Carolina Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Super Lawyer Magazine
Pro Bono Award
New Hanover County Bar Association & Legal Aid of North Carolina Wilmington
The award recognizes continued commitment to assisting and advising families on North Carolina estate planning, elder law and powers of attorney. The Pro Bono Awards were given only to North Carolina attorneys who generously provided free legal assistance to persons who could not afford to hire an attorney.
North Carolina Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Super Lawyer Magazine
Received award in 2007 and 2011.
Triangle Impact Financial Leader
Business Leader Magazine
Legal Elite in Tax and Estate Planning
Business North Carolina magazine
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar # 023425
Member
Current
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WealthCounsel
Member
Current
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Financial Planning Association
Member
Current
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Orange County Bar Association
Member (President 2010)
Current
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15-B Judicial District Bar
President
- Current
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Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Member
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Florida Bar
Member
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North Carolina Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Estate Administration Manual Committee of Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law, 1997-2000; Taxation and Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Sections; Council of Elder Law Section, 1997-2001 (Editor, Newsletter, 2001-2002
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15-B Judicial District Bar
Secretary-Treasurer
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Triangle Community Foundation
Member, Professional Advisors Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
North Carolina Probate Blog
TrustCounsel
Certifications
Estate Planning and Probate Law
North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Financial Planner
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
Websites & Blogs
Website
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Website
Southern Gun Law Group
Blog
North Carolina Probate Blog
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. As Exec, in NC, can estate funds be used to pay the court fee when filing AOC-E-505 "90-day" inventory, my case @$2000?
A: Yes, and you may sell assets to raise the cash necessary.
Q. Process for selling a inherited house in NC?
A: The house can be sold before or after probate is closed. After the estate is closed, the executor is not a necessary party to the sale.
Q. How do I get a Letter of Testamentary? Do I need to hire an attorney?
A: You are not required to have an attorney, although that is certainly recommended. The Clerk of Court in the county in which the decedent lived issues the Letters.
Q. NC resident. Sold former primary residence in VA in 2017. Never rental. With which state do I file income tax for 2017?
A: You have to file a VA non-resident return along with an NC resident return.
Q. Im filing a petition for an Administration for a deceased person who has an ongoing lawsuit. Do I need to file for a
A: To open a probate proceeding in Florida you must hire an attorney. The attorney will advise you about the type of administration necessary, but it's likely formal administration.
Q. NC - If parents die within a shorth time of each other but have diffrent wills, which one is conrolling?
A: For all property owned by the wife at her death, including what was jointly owned property with the husband prior to his death, or passed to her under the husband's Will, the wife's Will will control.
Q. Mom lived & passed in FL but owned land sold in SD under an installment method. Do we file probate in FL, SD or both
A: Since she was a Florida resident, and a promissory note is intangible personal property, her estate should be opened in Florida. If she sold land subject to an installment sale, she does not own the land - she would just have a note and mortgage.
Q. My wife and I purchased a house in Florida two years ago from a builder and I have a question about the deed.
A: Yes, if purchased as husband and wife, it's considered tenancy by the entirety, and the home will pass to the surviving spouse with no probate required.
Q. I inherited a house 6 years ago and rented it. Now I want to sell it. Will I have to pay capital gain taxes?
A: If you sell the house for more than it was worth when you inherited it, you will pay capital gains tax on the difference, less any costs of sale. Depreciation must also be recaptured - its is taxed at 25%.
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Contact & Map
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
8889 Pelican Bay Blvd.
Ste. 400
Naples, FL 34108
USA
Telephone: (239) 344-1100