The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization recently certified Charlotte attorneys James E. Hickmon and Christian L. Perrin as specialists in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  Only 141 actively licensed attorneys of North Carolina’s approximately 20,000 lawyers have achieved this distinction.  Mr. Hickmon and Mr. Perrin are shareholders in the Charlotte firm of Hickmon & Perrin, PC where they concentrate their legal practice in the areas of estate planning and probate, fiduciary litigation and fiduciary mediation services.

Mr. Hickmon graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001.  Mr. Perrin is a 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.  Mr. Hickmon and Mr. Perrin are available for consultations regarding estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers-of-attorney and advance medical directives, as well as consultations regarding disputes related to estate and trust matters.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public.  The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of the law.  The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

To be certified as a specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must be licensed for at least five years, devote a substantial part of his or her practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty, be favorably reviewed by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a strenuous six hour comprehensive written examination in the specialty practice area.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program, and to view a list of legal specialists by practice area, please visit the State Bar’s Legal Specialization website at www.nclawspecialists.gov, or call the State Bar at (919) 828-4620.