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    Paula A. Kohut – Attorney

    Education:

    • University of California at Irvine (B.A., 1980)
    • Wake Forest University (J.D. cum laude, 1983)
    • Admitted to North Carolina Bar in 1983

    Honors and Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
    • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011-2016)
    • Voted Super Lawyer, Estate and Trust Litigation (2007-2016)
    • Legal Elite, Tax/Estate Planning, North Carolina Business (2012)
    • Honoree, North Carolina Leaders in the Law (2015)

    Professional Organizations:

    • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
      • Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
      • Elder Law Committee
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section:
      • Council Member (2014-present)
      • Estate Administration Manual, Chapter Editor (1995-present)
      • Legislative Committee (2003-present; Chair, 2009-2011)
    • Past President, Charlotte Estate Planning Council (2009-2010)
    • Director, North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Foundation (2002-2011)
    • Board Member, North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program, North Carolina State Bar (2005-2011)
    • American Bar Association
    • North Carolina Bar Association

    Community Involvement:

    • Board Member and Treasurer, North Carolina ACLU
    • Board Member and Treasurer, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
    • Board Member, Equality North Carolina
    • Coastal Women Attorneys
    • Board Member, St. Jude’s of Wilmington Foundation, Inc.

    Paula A. KohutPublications & Presentations:

    • Marriage Equality Update, Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (2015)
    • Estate Planning Basics, Annual Meeting of the National LGBT Bar Association, Lavender Law (2015)
    • Estate Planning Basics, Annual Meeting of the National LGBT Bar Association, Lavender Law (2014)
    • Diversity: Serving 21st Century Clients With More Than Just Good Wills and Great Trusts, Panelist, ACTEC Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ (2014)
    • Constitutionality of Rule Against Perpetuities Repeal Revisited | Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Co., N.A. v. Benson – Constitutionality of Perpetual Trusts By William R. Culp Jr. and Paula A. Kohut View Article
    • Estate Planning in a Non-Recognition State Post-Windsor By Paula A. Kohut View Article
    • Estate Planning for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Clients: Statutory Surrogates, Regulatory Changes, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Related Considerations, The Will and The Way (April, 2012) View Article PDF
    • Panel, North Carolina Uniform Trust Code, Annual Meeting Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law, NCBA (July 2006)
    • Will Drafting and Probate Practice, Wake Forest University School of Law (August 2006)
    • Practice Before the Clerk Under the North Carolina Uniform Trust Code, NC Bar Foundation (October 2005)
    • Litigation Basics for Estate Planners and Administrators: Annual Meeting Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, NCBA (July 2002);
    • Drafting Trusts and Family Settlement Contracts, Wake Forest University School of Law (April 2005)
    • Practice before the Clerk in Trusts, Estates and Related Proceedings, Mecklenburg County Bar (January 2005)
    • Trust Administration: Interpreting Distributions Standards, Disclosures to Beneficiaries, and Interpretation, Modification and Termination of Trusts, Annual Meeting for Cherry Bekaert & Holland, LLP (June 2004)
    • Advanced Estate Planning and Drafting Intensive Program, NC Bar Foundation (March 2004)
    • Estate and Trust Litigation, Annual Meeting Elder Law Section, NCBA (February 2003)
    • Estate and Trust Litigation General Practice Section Annual Meeting (April 2003)
    • Estate Administration, Wills and Probate Practice, Wake Forest University School of Law (April 2003)
    • Guardianship, Estate Planning and Probate Survey Course, NCBA (September 2001)

     

    Abby L. Adams – Attorney

    Abby L. Adams

    Education:

    • Ferris State University (B.A., 2006)
    • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., 2009)
    • Admitted to North Carolina Bar in 2011
    • Admitted to Michigan Bar in 2009

    Professional Organizations:

    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • New Hanover County Bar Association
    • Coastal Women Attorneys

    Community Involvement

    • Board Member and Secretary, YWCA Lower Cape Fear
    • Volunteer, Good Shepherd Center
    • Volunteer, Lawyers for Literacy at Snipes Elementary