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John G. Kelso

Contact

Phone: (828) 258 - 2991
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: jkelso@vwlawfirm.com

Education

New York University
LL.M. in Taxation, 1997

University of North Carolina
J.D., 1996

Davidson College
B.A. in Philosophy, 1992

Meet John

John practices in the areas of estate planning and tax law. His estate planning and administration practice focuses on wills, trusts and powers of attorney, Additionally, John advises on more sophisticated planning with charitable trusts, insurance trusts, business succession and structured gifts. In his tax practice, John works with individuals, businesses and families to minimize taxation of personal and professional transactions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been designated as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

 

Practice Highlights

  • John has extensive experience with creative solutions for business succession and charitable planning as part of an overall estate plan. He teams with other Van Winkle attorneys to incorporate estate planning as part of the firm’s overall representation of a client’s legal matters. His focus is on prompt and thorough work, with attention to detail, even for the most common cases that do not involve sophisticated business and tax issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar Specialization Committee for Estate Planning and Probate Law
    • Member, 2009 - Present
    • Co-Chair, 2014 - Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Land of the Sky Estate Planning Council
    • Past President
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1996 - Present
    • Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, 1997 - Present
      • Council Member, 2005 - 2008, 2012 - Present
    • Tax Section, 1997 - Present

Presentations

  • Co-Speaker, 34th Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program, NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, July 18, 2013 
  • Co-Speaker, 33rd Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program, NC Bar Association Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, July 26, 2012

Recognitions

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - Present
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2013 - Present

Contact

Phone: (828) 258 - 2991
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: jkelso@vwlawfirm.com

Education

New York University
LL.M. in Taxation, 1997

University of North Carolina
J.D., 1996

Davidson College
B.A. in Philosophy, 1992

Work with John

John's primary hobby is motorcycling: he enjoys riding different types of motorcycles as long as they're quiet and not too fast. John and his wife, Amy, have two sons who are both involved in tennis, so many weekends are spent watching tennis tournaments. John also enjoys CrossFit and just about any kind of outdoor activity.

Favorite Food
Garbanzo beans

Favorite Artists
East Fork Pottery 

Favorite Music
Local bluegrass in the summer, Asheville Symphony in the winter, and of course, Jacques Brel

Community Involvement

  • UNC-Asheville Foundation
    • Past Board Member, 2010 - 2013
  • Colburn Earth Science Museum
    • Board Member, 1998 - 2006
    • President, 2005 - 2006
  • Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
    • Past Board Member, 2004 - 2013
  • Pack Place Arts, Education & Science Center
    • Past Board Member, 2002 - 2004