Edward has significant experience representing both individuals and organizations in the areas of Private Wealth and Corporate Law. It’s the depth and breadth of this experience that allows him to solve complex legal issues in practical and often innovative ways. He is always willing to look outside of the box to help his clients address their tax, business, and family matters.

Edward’s practice focuses on wealth transfer planning, charitable planning, trust and estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. He provides his corporate and individual clients with sophisticated tax and charitable planning advice that is comprehensive and customized to meet their needs. In addition, he advises charitable organizations and clients in the Education Sector about governance, tax compliance, grant-making, and fundraising issues. His experience extends to representing alumni associations and clubs, private foundations, supporting organizations, public charities and other nonprofit organizations.

Edward has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite and 40 Under Forty. He is a frequent speaker on trusts and estates topics and a fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Civic Activities

  • Past Board Member and President, The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, Inc.
  • Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem
  • Member, The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem
  • Major Gifts Committee, Samaritan Ministries, Inc.
  • Planned Giving Committee, Young Life of Greater Forsyth County

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Honoree, 2015 - 2019
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Trusts and Estates, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2014 – Present
  • Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2017
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Created customized estate plan for high net worth client to maximize the use of federal tax exemptions while providing client with relative “control” over the use of assets in the future
  • Assisted client with tax planning related to the sale of his closely-held business in order for client to shift wealth to the next generation, obtain a charitable deduction and minimize and defer income taxation
  • Reorganized charitable client’s corporate structure and created for-profit subsidiary to allow for the sale of intellectual property and corresponding services without creating unrelated business income tax
  • Modified client’s irrevocable trust to incorporate more flexible administration provisions and limit the use of trust assets and therefore protect them for future generations
  • On behalf of beneficiaries of an estate, disputed the validity of a will on the basis of incapacity and undue influence.
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Bar admissions

2003, North Carolina

Education

  • J.D., 2003, University of South Carolina
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Order of the Wig & Robe
    • Moot Court Board
  • B.S., 2000, Wake Forest University