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Stephen J. Grabenstein

Contact

Direct line: (828) 258-2991
Fax: (828) 255-0255 
Email: sgrabenstein@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of Tennessee
J.D., 1982
B.A., 1979

 

Meet Steve

Steve has been with The Van Winkle Law Firm since moving to Asheville in 1992. His practice emphasizes trust and estate disputes and fiduciary related claims. In addition, Steve handles guardianship matters, wrongful death and personal injury claims, commercial litigation and other complex matters. 

Steve is also a certified mediator and mediates a wide variety of cases.

Practice Highlights

  • Led The Van Winkle Law Firm's successful efforts in regaining control of more than $10 million in assets for an elderly client.
  • Preserved an inheritance for three daughters who were told their father had no assets when he died. Following review of banking and financial records, Steve successfully negotiated an $800,000 settlement for the daughters.
  • Recovered $350,000 for the beneficiaries of a trust in a case where he alleged the Trustee had made inappropriate distributions from the Trust.
  • Successfully turned back a challenge to a will probated in Arizona thereby preserving a substantial bequest to a non-profit in Western North Carolina.
  • Led efforts to resolve the distribution of an estate worth more than $2.5 million where there was considerable confusion and uncertainty regarding the provisions of a will and trust.
  • Has obtained favorable outcomes for several clients with claims involving management of investment accounts.

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Trust & Estate Section
  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, 2012-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2013

Contact

Direct line: (828) 258-2991
Fax: (828) 255-0255 
Email: sgrabenstein@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of Tennessee
J.D., 1982
B.A., 1979

 

Work with Steve

When not in the office, Steve can be found hiking, traveling, gardening and playing drums with area musicians.

Last Place Visited
Tanzania

Favorite Places to Travel
Anywhere with good hiking and/or snorkeling

Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
    • Board Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Evergreen Community Charter School
    • Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008
  • Haw Creek Volunteer Fire Department
    • Board Member, 1994 - 1996
  • Literary Council
    • Board Member, 2001
  • Pisgah Legal Services
    • Board Member, 2008 - 2012
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
    • Vestry Member, 2001 - 2004