CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two Smith Moore Leatherwood trust and estate attorneys, Tanya Oesterreich, based in Charlotte and Jill Raspet, based in Wilmington, served as co-managing editors of the seventh edition of the North Carolina Estate Administration Manual as a part of their service on the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
The manual, published every four years, is a well-used tool by trust and estate attorneys, paralegals, estate planners and clerk of court offices throughout the state’s 100 counties. Its purpose is to improve the quality of probate practice in North Carolina by providing procedural guidelines through the use of systematic and uniform procedures.
As co-editors, Oesterreich and Raspet were responsible for managing a team of authors and editors who verified and updated the content of the previous edition. This included verifying each citation and rewriting chapters including the Uniform Trust Code, the Uniform Principal and Income Act, and Individual Retirement Accounts.
Oesterreich and Raspet also revised the content of the manual for legislation passed in August 2009, including changes to the elective share laws, disclaimer statutes, Uniform Trust Code and caveat proceeding statutes.
"We are proud of both Tanya and Jill for taking on such a tremendous project of producing the seventh edition of the North Carolina Estate Administration Manual," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's management committee. "This has allowed them deep exposure to all areas of estate administration within North Carolina, furthering their and Smith Moore Leatherwood's positions as leaders in sophisticated trust and estates issues."
Both Oesterreich and Raspet were selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers-Rising Star Edition, Estate Planning and Probate in 2010, with Raspet also being selected in 2009. Both have also authored several articles on estate planning.