Providing Focused Attention Backed By Extensive Experience

Carol W. Exum


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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration

Past Positions

  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, L.L.P., Associate, 1995-2000
  • UNC School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2008-2011
  • Wake County Guardian ad Litem, 2007-2017
  • Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, Inc., Consultant, 2019-2022


Carol is Of Counsel in Lynch & Eatman, L.L.P. Her practice is focused on estate planning and estate administration. She grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and after graduating from UVA law school, she joined Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP (now Womble Bond Dickinson) in the business litigation practice group. While taking time off from the full-time practice of law to pursue family and volunteer activities, she taught first year legal research, writing and oral advocacy at UNC law school for three years as an adjunct professor, and she served children in foster care as a Guardian ad Litem for ten years. Prior to joining Lynch & Eatman, L.L.P., she worked as a consultant for Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, Inc.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: Order of the Coif (top 10%), Dillard Fellow
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Duke-North Carolina Scholar
    • Major: Public Policy Studies

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 1999

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Joel Lane Museum House
  • Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen
  • Race for the Cure
  • Society of St. Andrews

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Estate Planning Council, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel