B.J. Kilgore is a member of the Van Winkle Law Firm’s Trusts & Estates practice group. He focuses his practice on probate law, trust & estate planning, trust & estate administration, and trust reformations and terminations. B.J. works with clients to determine their goals and develops a customized plan to meet their individual needs. Sometimes, this involves the creation of Powers of Attorneys or Health Care documents. This often involves working with clients who own businesses, have minor children, have blended families, or have another unique set of circumstances. In addition, B.J. has significant experience working with clients to maintain, preserve, protect, and transfer wealth from one generation to another. Regardless of the level of complexity, B.J. takes pride in ensuring that his work is straightforward and understandable to his clients.

Prior to joining The Van Winkle Law Firm, B.J. practiced in Raleigh, North Carolina for approximately four years. During law school, B.J. served as an Articles Editor for the Campbell Law Review. In addition, B.J. has worked at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Department of Justice, and for several prominent firms in the Raleigh area. B.J. is active in the Asheville community and presently serves on the Pisgah Legal Services Young Professionals Board and the Executive Committee of Highlands Circle (United Way). B.J. is also a frequent speaker on numerous matters related to estate planning, estate and trust administration, legal ethics, and other related topics.

Publications

  • Basics of Estate Planning – North Carolina Bar Association 2018 Basics of Will and Revocable Trust Drafting
  • North Carolina Probate Law “Part I” – North Carolina Bar Association 2017 Estate Planning and Probate Law Survey Course
  • Co-Author – Sale of Property and Distributions – NBI Probate Process from Start to Finish

Presentations

  • Basics of Estate Planning – North Carolina Bar Association 2018 Basics of Will and Revocable Trust Drafting (2/9/18)
  • North Carolina Probate Law “Part I” – North Carolina Bar Association 2017 Estate Planning and Probate Law Survey Course (9/27/18)
 

Education

  • Appalachian State University - B.A. (Business Management), 2007
  • Campbell University - Juris Doctor, 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Campbell University Law Review, Articles Editor
  • 2014 Clients Choice Award
  • 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Assocation
    • Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Appellate Division
    • Wills for Heroes Committee (previously)
    • CLE Committee for Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar (license pending)
  • Land of Sky Estate Planning Council
  • Pisgah Legal Services Young Professionals Board
  • United Way Highlands Circle Executive Committee Member
  • Pro Bono Volunteer at Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers
  • Pro Bono Volunteer at Care Partners Hospice

B.J. is a native of Western North Carolina, having grown up in Linville, North Carolina (near Banner Elk/Boone). After eight years in Raleigh, he is excited to be back in the mountains. When he is not working, B.J. enjoys spending time with his wife Jackie, and their children Hollis and Sam. In his free time, B.J. enjoys playing sports (particularly basketball, soccer and tennis), exploring the numerous outdoor activities Asheville has to offer, traveling, and learning about history. B.J. is an avid sports fan and particularly follows college football and college basketball.

  • Favorite foods – NC Barbeque (Lexington style) & Seafood
  • Favorite Places to Visit – Boca Grande, Florida, Kiawah Island, Germany, Italy
  • Favorite Music – Widespread Panic, Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers
  • Guilty Pleasure – College Football on Saturdays in the fall