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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Earns Estate Planning Certification

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Earns Estate Planning Certification


December 8, 2008

WILMINGTON, NC – Jill Raspet, a lawyer in the Wilmington office of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, has been certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in estate planning and probate law.

Estate planning must make up the majority of an attorney's practice for at least five years before the attorney is eligible for certification in that area, according to State Bar requirements.  Raspet's practice focuses on comprehensive estate and trust planning and administration, with specific emphasis on estate tax, gift tax and charitable gift planning.  Along with her legal credentials, she is a Certified Public Accountant, giving her added understanding of the tax-related implications associated with estate planning.

"Devoting the majority of my practice to estate planning and probate law has enabled me to gain greater knowledge and understanding of the specific issues that arise in estate planning and the strategies a client can use to address those issues," Raspet says.  "This focus is extremely important, given the complexity of probate law and how it can affect different clients in very different ways depending on their particular circumstances."

Raspet is an alumna of UNC Wilmington and received her law degree from Wake Forest University.  She has chaired a number of committees in the North Carolina Bar Association's Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, and currently serves on the New Hanover County Estate Planning Council.

Contact: Steve Powell
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000 ext. 19
spowell@bouvierkelly.com

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