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Smith Moore Leatherwood recognised in Chambers High Net Worth 2018

3rd September 2018

MSI's South Carolina and Georgia law member Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognised in Chambers High Net Worth 2018 (HNW) for North Carolina and South Carolina. Additionally, partners William L. Dennis, J. Tod Hyche and Jill L. Peters Kaess have been honored as “Leaders in the Field” for Private Wealth Law. One reference source reported that “they treat people really well – no firm gives the sort of service these folks do. They are very respectful of the tasks we are trying to achieve.”

Chambers and Partners, based in London,publishes annual rankings of leading lawyers and law firms across the world. Results are obtained through hours of research and thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers, with greater weight given to the views of clients. The qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities highly valued by clients.

Chambers HNW is the publisher’s first guide specifically aimed at the international private wealth market. The guide covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorial about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families.

Dennis’ work in the estate planning area concerns all aspects of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, including complex wills and trust arrangements, charitable foundations, and various valuation discounting mechanisms. Work in the estate planning area in many instances focuses on the unique planning opportunities associated with closely held family businesses and succession planning. Dennis also has experience with corporate counseling, wealth and successional planning as well as health care transactional work for physicians and ancillary services companies.

Since 1995, Hyche has practiced at Smith Moore Leatherwood in the wealth transfer planning area. His work encompasses all aspects of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. 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. From 2008 until 2017, Hyche served as a member of the firm’s management committee and was the partner-in-charge of the Greenville office.

Kaess, firm wide wealth management and taxation practice leader, assists clients in drafting and executing comprehensive estate plans, with specific emphases on estate tax, gift tax and charitable gift planning. She also assists fiduciaries, such as executors and trustees, on matters involving estate and trust administration.