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J. Tod Hyche

J. Tod Hyche


T (864) 751-7623
F (864) 751-7801

Mr. Hyche's work in the wealth transfer planning area concerns all aspects of estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, including complex wills and revocable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, dynasty trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable foundations, family limited partnerships, qualified personal residence trusts, sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, post-mortem planning, and estate and gift tax returns.

In the trusts and estates area, he represents trustees, personal representatives, and beneficiaries during the administration process, and he is involved with the decanting, modification, reformation, and termination of irrevocable trusts.

He frequently advises clients on the complex issues related to withdrawals from and designating beneficiaries of qualified plans and IRAs; and on establishing non-profit corporations and qualifying the non-profit corporations for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. 

He advises individuals, trusts, and business entities in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

He focuses on representing owners of family businesses and other closely held businesses in regard to the unique tax and nontax planning opportunities available to these businesses and their owners including the development of a practical and comprehensive business succession plan.

Mr. Hyche's work in the tax and business transactions area includes structuring purchases and sales of business interests and real estate; formation of partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations; structuring and drafting partnership agreements, operating agreements for limited liability companies, and shareholders' agreements for corporations; structuring incentive stock option plans; and implementing like-kind exchanges.

His clients consist of a broad range of individuals, trusts, estates, corporations, family-owned businesses, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations.

From 2008 until 2017, Mr. Hyche served as a member of the Management Committee and was the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Greenville office.

Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
    • South Carolina State Chair, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
    • Nominating Committee Member (2018-2019), American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Named Greenville Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law (2013, 2016), Trusts and Estates (2015, 2017)
  • Recognized by Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) as a "Leader in the Field” in South Carolina for Private Wealth Law (2017)
  • Ruth Nicholson Award from the Community Foundation of Greenville (2012)
  • South Carolina Supreme Court, certified specialist in estate planning and probate law
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Tax Law, Trusts and Estates for more than 10 years
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Estate Planning & Probate; Tax (2009-2018)
  • Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite: Tax; Estate & Trusts (2013-2017)
  • Leadership Greenville XXVII
  • Greenville Business Magazine's "Best and Brightest Under 35" (2000)
  • Southeastern Council of Foundations, 2001 Hull Leadership Program
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Thought Leadership


December 27, 2017
Fall 2017
Who Is In Charge? , Furman University's The Advisor
Fall 2016
Charitable Lead Trusts, Furman University's The Advisor
Fall 2015
Revocable Trusts, Furman University's The Advisor
Fall 2013
Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts, Furman University's The Advisor
Fall 2012
2012 Gifts: A Window of Opportunity, Furman University's The Advisor
Fall 2011
Is Uncle Sam the Beneficiary of your IRA?, Furman University's The Advisor
March 9, 2011
How to Freeze Your Assets, SML Perspectives

Published Works

  • "Advanced Techniques in Estate Planning," In Estate Planning in South Carolina  (2nd ed., Vol. 4), 2016


Media Coverage



  • Community Foundation of Greenville (Board of Directors and legal counsel, 2001 to present)
  • Furman University President's Advisory Council


  • Christ Church Episcopal School Alumni Association
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (2010 Stewardship Campaign Chairman)
  • Greenville Country Club (Board of Governors)
  • United Way of Greenville County
  • Piedmont Health Care Foundation
  • Greenville Zoo Foundation
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Artisphere
  • The Children's Museum of the Upstate
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation, 1995
  • Furman University, B.A., 1990
  • South Carolina
  • Greenville Estate Planning Council, past President and current member
  • Greenville Estate Planning Study Group
  • South Carolina Probate Code Revision Committee (Trust Code)
Academic Honors
  • Cumberland Law Review, Associate Editor

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