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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
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
    • South Carolina State Chair, 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)
  • 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 (2009-2017)
  • 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


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


  • "Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts (SLATs) and Sales to Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGTs)," BB&T WebEx, November 2016
  • "Audit of a 2011 Gift Tax Return, Increasing Basis of Assets in an Irrevocable Trust, and Fiduciary Access to Digital Property," Greenville Estate Planning Study Group, November 2015
  • "Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts and Sales to Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts," Probate & Pumpernickel, October 2015
  • "Tax Law Update and Reform Tax Law," South Carolina Bench and Bar, September 2012
  • "Roth IRA Conversion," South Carolina Bankers Trust Conference, April 2010
  • "What You Need to Know About the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax," South Carolina Bar Association Convention, January 2009
  • "Succession and Estate Planning for the Family Business," South Carolina Bar Association, May 2008


Media Coverage



  • Community Foundation of Greenville (Board of Directors and legal counsel, 2001 to present)
  • Furman University President's Advisory Council
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Artisphere
  • The Children's Museum of the Upstate


  • 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
  • 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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