Adam prepares wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents that help clients minimize the tax and related costs of transferring wealth to younger generations, and helps devise succession planning strategies to preserve the value of family-owned businesses through multiple generations. Adam also works with trustees and beneficiaries to modify existing trusts to adapt to changing laws and circumstances.  He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning from the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization.

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Adam helps families form private foundations, charitable trusts, and other nonprofit organizations, and provides advice on how to structure charitable gifts to maximize the tax benefits of philanthropic activity. Adam also helps nonprofits in compliance matters, with a particular focus on working within tax rules that limit the ways in which charities can participate in the political process.

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Adam defends clients in IRS and state tax audits, and represents taxpayers in administrative appeals and litigation seeking the refund or abatement of taxes and penalties assessed in audit proceedings. Adam’s previous successes include obtaining favorable settlements or decisions in cases involving conservation easements, cigarette and tobacco taxes, real estate losses, and federal estate tax matters.

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Adam helps clients to understand the complicated federal and state tax laws impacting their businesses, and provides practical advice on how to structure business transactions – including start-ups, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, divisions, and liquidations – in the most tax-efficient way possible.  Adam also prepares legal documents requisite to the formation of new entities, including corporations, limited partnerships, and LLCs, and drafts and negotiates key governance documents, such as operating agreements, bylaws, and shareholder or buy-sell agreements. 

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Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Trusts and Estates (2018-2019); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" in Trusts and Estates (2019)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Estate and Probate Law (2014-2018)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Tax and Estate Planning Law (2014-2019); Young Guns (2018)

Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization 

Named to Triad Business Journal's "40 Leaders Under 40" (2017)

Graduate, Leadership Greensboro (2016)

Member, Board of Directors, UNC Law Foundation (2015-present)

Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Greensboro (2017-present)

Member, Board of Directors, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art (2011-2017)

Member, Board of Directors, Ten Thousand Villages of Greensboro (2012-2014)

Volunteer, Greensboro Women's Resource Center Attorney Hotline (2007-present)

Assistant Poetry Editor, StorySouth magazine (2008-2013)

Sumner Elementary School Male Mentor Program (2008-2010)

An Eastern North Carolina native, I grew up in Wilson, but finished high school in Durham, where I graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math. My first career goal was to be a famous poet (an oxymoron), and I studied creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at UNC-Greensboro before law school.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my wife (Melissa), my two boys (Grady and John Harper), and the menagerie of dogs and cats we’ve rescued.

The subjects I deal with every day – death, taxes, corporate structure – are foreign and frightening to most people. I try to serve as an interpreter and a guide, helping people understand the laws that affect their lives, so they can make informed decisions about their businesses and their families.

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Twenty-five Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in the 2019...(read more)
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