Greenville, S.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that Tod Hyche, partner in charge of the firm’s Greenville office, has been named as South Carolina State Chair for The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC®). ACTEC is an organization of lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Hyche spent the past year serving as the chair-elect, and will assume the role as the South Carolina State Chair for five years.
"I am honored to assume the role as South Carolina State Chair for ACTEC," said Hyche. "I look forward to serving this organization and its members, and to providing counsel on best practices for trusts and estates from this platform."
ACTEC was established in 1949 and consists of approximately 2,700 attorneys throughout the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries. Members elected to ACTEC must have no less than ten years of experience in the active practice of trusts and estates or estate planning, provide substantial contributions to the field, demonstrate exceptional skills within the practice and more. ACTEC members are nominated by other Fellows in their state of residence and are elected by the Board of Regents.
Hyche has been an ACTEC Fellow since 2009. As the South Carolina State Chair, he is responsible for attending national and Southeast regional meetings, planning and coordinating the Southeast regional meeting, managing the state membership committee, engaging and mentoring prospective members and more.
Since 1995, Hyche has practiced at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in the wealth transfer planning area. His work encompasses 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.
Hyche received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University, his juris doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and his master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida.
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