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Barry B. Kempson

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2570
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: bkempson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of Florida
J.D., 1968

Florida State University
B.A., 1964

Meet Barry

Barry joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 1973 and practices in the area of estate planning and probate law. His clients take comfort in his experience in crafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other documents in a way that accomplishes their personal vision for the protection, growth and security of their family.

Prior to joining Van Winkle, Barry served as trust officer of Wachovia Bank. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member and former Council Member of the Probate and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Practice Highlights

  • Prepared complex estate plan for $20 million-plus estate involving a solely-owned business. Achieved client’s goal to prepare children by first marriage for succession management of the company, while balancing the interests of second spouse. Coordinated with counsel for the company and a business attorney within the firm to maximize the value of the company for the family through a management team involving attorney, spouse, business counsel and children until children might develop managerial capabilities. Plan involved multiple trusts and powers of attorney.
  • Accepted designation as attorney-in-fact and successor trustee for married couple with no children. Both clients became incapacitated within months of each other, requiring activation of powers of attorney and successor trusteeship. Arranged for and managed caregivers in the home until skilled-care setting became the best option. Arranged for selection and distribution of household items among multiple family members when home was given up. Supervised care in skilled care facility and maintained contact with family members. Managed several million dollars in assets with investment counselor.
  • Assisted three generations of clients, parent, child and grandchildren with estate-planning arrangements. Reviewed estate plan of grandparents that had been created several years ago. Created complete estate plan for child. Drafted pre-marital agreement for child about to re-marry. Created irrevocable trust for grandchild.

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section
    • Nominations Committee, 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Lawyers
  • Land of the Sky Estate Planning Council

Recognitions

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 10+ years
  • Best Lawyers in America, 10+ years
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Outstanding Lawyers in America

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2570
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: bkempson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of Florida
J.D., 1968

Florida State University
B.A., 1964

Work with Barry

A native of Pensacola, Florida, Barry is an avid sailor who also enjoys travel, bicycling, community service and spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters and eight-year-old granddaughter.

Favorite Food
Anything Italian

Favorite Artists
Rembrandt and Monet

Favorite Music
Mid ’50s - ’60s

Favorite Book
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Favorite Movie
To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Places to Travel
New England and Great Britain

Guilty Pleasure
Ice cream