Tax / Estate Planning

MARIA M. LYNCH Lynch & Eatman LLP, Raleigh

There is nowhere else I would want to practice law or live, but when I was a much younger lawyer and had a bad day, I would tell myself I could always quit and move to Bozeman, Mont. I had never been to the West, and this idea of moving to Montana was a soothing thought — not a real desire. To avoid the fate of Sam Neill’s Russian sailor character in The Hunt for Red October, who dies regretting not having seen Montana, my husband and I vacationed in Montana, and unexpectedly, the beauty of the landscape was even greater than I had imagined. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never been to Montana in the winter.

Vita: Born Nov. 7, 1953, in Nashville, Tenn.; bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; husband and two stepchildren. Why she chose this field: I started as a general tax and business lawyer and gravitated eventually to estate planning. What she’d be if not a lawyer: I grew up working in a small family retail business, and that’s probably what I would have done. Memorable case: I recently helped a family deal with some difficult tax and liquidity issues after the death of the father and, within a relatively short time, the death of his only child. Favorite place: Bath, N.C. Recent Reading: Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Don’t ask her to: Watch a reality-TV show.

Tax / Estate Planning

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