Barry B. Kempson


Phone (828) 771-2570
Fax (828) 257-2773
University of Florida
Juris Doctor, 1968
Florida State University
Bachelor’s Degree, 1964

Barry Kempson is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where he focuses his practice on estate planning and probate law. Complementing his counsel is his fellowship in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and former council member of the Probate and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. His clients take comfort in these credentials and his unique ability to develop wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other legal documents that accomplish clients’ personal vision for the ongoing protection, growth and security of their family assets.

Prior to joining the firm in 1973, Kempson was a trust officer with Wachovia Bank.

Professional Affiliations
  • 28th  Judicial District Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • The Florida Bar
  • Land of the Sky Estate Planning Council
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Nominations Committee
  • North Carolina State Bar
Awards and Honors
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in American
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer
  • Outstanding Lawyers in America
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.

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

Favorite Food:                  Anything Italian
Favorite Artists:                Rembrandt and Monet
Favorite Music:                 Mid-1950s and 1960s
Favorite Book:                  “The Stars My Destination”
Favorite Movie:                “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Favorite Place to Travel:   New England and Great Britain
Guilty Pleasure:                 Ice cream