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Overview

Greg Herman-Giddens is a problem solver and relishes the daily challenge of figuring out legal solutions for his clients. No matter what service he’s providing, his top priority is always the best interests of the client. Greg offers a full array of estate planning and related services to clients, including creation of irrevocable trusts, estate, gift, fiduciary and individual income tax planning and compliance, including taxation of deferred compensation, estate and trust administration, small business and nonprofit organization formation, trust modification and decanting, and trust protector services.

Greg is also a Certified Financial Planner™ and uses that knowledge to better serve his clients and those for whom he acts as a fiduciary. He’s also a regular speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers, paralegals, and financial planners. 

Greg has received much recognition over his 30+ year legal career. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the 2018 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, and is a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award from the New Hanover County Bar Association & Legal Aid of North Carolina Wilmington. He also was granted the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2018. He has been honored as a North Carolina Super Lawyer in Estate Planning and Probate Law (2007, 2011, and 2017-2019), Triangle Impact Financial Leader (Triangle Business Leader Magazine, 2008) and named as one of North Carolina’s Legal Elite in Tax and Estate Planning (2007, 2011). Greg is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Greg is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law (North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization). He is admitted to practice in all Florida, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee state courts, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. He is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Greg has served as an expert witness in several trust and estate lawsuits.

Greg’s leisure pursuits include running — he ran a 50-mile race to celebrate his 50th birthday — travel, and spending time with family. Before joining Henderson Franklin, Greg ran his own law firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and New York, New York.

Publications

  • “Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts” WealthCounsel Quarterly, 2016
  • “IRA Tax Deferral: Trusts, Rollovers, and Distributions” Estate Planning, 2014
  • “IRAs and Creditor Protection in North Carolina” North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law newsletter, 2010
  • “Every Client Needs an Estate Plan – 10 Reasons Why” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2002
  • “New FTC Rules Apply to Estate Planning and Tax Attorneys” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2001
  • “529 College Savings Plans offer Numerous Estate Planning Advantages” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2001
  • “Charitable Remainder Trusts” Taxation for Accountants, 1998 (also published in Taxation for Lawyers)
  • See Avvo estate planning lawyer profile for a complete list of publications and selected presentations.

Professional And Civic Affiliations

Greg is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York Bar Association, and the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Lee County and Collier County Bar Associations. He is also a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners ("STEP"). Greg is a pro bono panel member for North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Chatham County Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity for Orange County

Greg is also a member of WealthCounsel, LLC. Additionally, he is a member and past president of the Orange County (NC) Bar Association and the 18th Judicial District Bar.