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New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2016

Wake Forest University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007, Order of the Coif; Notes & Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2006-07; Law Alumni Council Annual Fund Scholar

Davidson College, B.A., cum laude, 2003


Jessica Hardin advises clients on a wide variety of matters related to wealth transfer, asset protection, tax planning and charitable giving.

She develops wealth transfer plans that minimize transfer and income taxes while meeting clients' non-tax goals. Jessica assists individuals and families with sophisticated strategies that include gifts and sales to irrevocable dynasty trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts. She also assists closely held businesses with tax-efficient ownership succession plans.

Jessica serves as counsel to fiduciaries throughout the probate or trust administration process. She prepares gift, estate and fiduciary income tax returns and represents clients before the IRS. Jessica has significant experience with the administration and modification of irrevocable trusts.

Jessica is a frequent speaker on topics related to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and taxation. She is a contributing author to the BB&T Estate Planning Forms Manual, a popular resource for North Carolina attorneys. Her pro bono practice includes preparation of wills and powers of attorney for first responders and Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist, Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Charlotte Estate Planning Council, Member, 2008-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Council, Chair, 2020-21
  • North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Estate Administration Manual, Co-Editor, 2014-18; Chapter Author
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Tax Section

Community Affiliations

  • Atrium Health Foundation, Professional Advisory Council
  • North Carolina Humanities Council, Board of Trustees
  • Foundation for the Carolinas, Professional Advisors Cabinet, 2014-16
  • Humane Society of Charlotte, Young Affiliated Professionals, Past Chair
  • Wills for Heroes, Volunteer
  • Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Volunteer Judge
  • Women's Impact Fund, Grants Committee, 2011-13, 2015-18; Grants Team Co-Chair, 2012-13, 2016-18
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