4130 Parklake Ave., Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 571-3332
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Maria M. Lynch

Partner

Raleigh, NC

One of the founding partners at Lynch & Eatman, L.L.P., Maria’s practice is focused on estate planning, estate administration and exempt organization planning. Maria is Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. In addition to being the President Elect of the Tenth Judicial District Bar, Maria was elected by the members of the Tenth Judicial District Bar to the maximum three consecutive terms as a North Carolina State Bar Councilor from 1993 to 2001. She is a past member of the North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Council and the past chair of its Ethics Committee. She is a past Chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialty Committee, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Maria is an adjunct professor at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law and has been a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law. She received her B.A. with high honors from the University of Tennessee and her J.D. with honors from UNC – Chapel Hill. Maria is a frequent speaker on estate planning and ethics issues.

Panelist

  • Why We Love Private Foundation: North Carolina Bar Association, 2017
  • How to Negotiate a Fiduciary Litigation Case: North Carolina Bar Association, 2013

Author

  • Circular 230 Update: UNC Tax Institute 2012 and 2013; Duke Estate Planning Conference, 2012
  • The Unauthorized Practice of Law: Triangle Continuing Education Summit 2011, modified and republished in The Will and the Way, 2011
  • Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning: The Ethics of Asset Protection Planning: ACTEC 2010 Southeast Regional Meeting
  • Minimizing GST Tax: CTFA, 2009
  • New Tax Return Preparer's Standards and the Intersection of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers: UNC Tax Institute, 2009

Contact

Phone:

(919) 571-3332

Fax:

(919) 571-9983

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
 

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Specialist, Estate Planning and Probate Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: University of North Carolina Law Review, Research Editor, 1978 - 1979
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: With High Honors

Classes/Seminars

  • Wills, Trusts and Estates, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2005 – 2007, 2017, 2018
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates, Duke University School of Law, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Business NC Legal Elite Hall of Fame Tax and Estate Planning, 2011 – Present
  • Business NC Legal Elite Tax and Estate Planning, 2004 – 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America Tax and Estate Planning, 1991 – 2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2017
  • Sarah H. Davis Excellence Award in Recognition of Outstanding Leadership as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, 2006
  • John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1980 – Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 1995 – Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning Fiduciary Law Section, Council Member, 2010 – 2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning Fiduciary Law Section, Chair, Ethics Committee, 2007 – 2011
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialty Committee North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Past Chair
  • Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors, Director, 2011 – 2014
  • Tenth Judicial District Grievance Committee, Chair, 2010 – 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1979 - 1980

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