Gwendolyn C. Brooks

Wendy is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Administration and specializes in estate planning for high net worth individuals.   She advises her clients on a full range of wealth transfer planning strategies, including gift, estate and generation skipping taxes, business succession planning, and the implementation of charitable goals. 

Wendy helps clients benefit from wealth transfer strategies such as the use of family limited liability companies, generation skipping trusts, sales to defective grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts.  She counsels clients regarding the establishment of private family foundations, charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts.

In addition to assisting clients with the establishment of basic wills and living trusts, Wendy also counsels clients with situations that call for specialized planning strategies, including the use supplemental needs trusts, spendthrift trusts, minors’ trusts, and qualified domestic trusts for non-citizen spouses.

Wendy advises clients on the administration of estates, including post mortem planning issues.  She assists with the local probate process as well as with the filing of federal death tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns.  Wendy also counsels clients on trust administration issues, including fiduciary issues, trust modifications and trust terminations. 

Wendy has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2009) and was named as one of the Legal Elite in the January 2012 edition of Business North Carolina. 

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

Princeton University (summa cum laude, B.A. with Highest Honors in English Literature), Phi Beta Kappa, Salutatorian of the Class of 1986
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, M.A. in English Literature
Duke University, M.A. in English Literature
Duke University, Ph.D. in English Literature
Duke University School of Law, J.D. (B.S. Womble Scholar of the Class of 1999).

Professional and Civic Activity

Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Durham County Bar Association
Member, Duke Estate Planning Council
Member, Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council
Board Member, Durham Academy Board of Trustees
Board Member, Caring House
Former Board Member, The Forest at Duke
Former Board Member, Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council

Phone:
919-490-0500

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919-490-0873
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