Ms. Laura C. Rivers assists individuals and families with estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, guardianships, and general business law. Her focus is predominately in estate planning.
Laura represents clients in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Laura takes a comprehensive, proactive approach in developing sound planning, tailored to each client’s unique needs.
I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina along with two older brothers. We all attended Clemson University for undergrad. I wanted to go to law school to help people and to become engaged within the community, so I attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, I became interested in estate planning while helping my family with their own planning. I quickly realized that I loved the personal aspect of helping families.
After law school, I attended the Georgetown University Law Center to obtain an LL.M. degree in taxation with an emphasis in estate planning, where I graduated with Distinction and with Honors. This would enable me to focus my practice in estate planning and related areas.
After enjoying a few years in the Washington, D.C. area, I wanted to be closer to family and to be back in the Carolinas. I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I practiced in trusts and estates at highly regarded law firms in both North Carolina and South Carolina for several years. During my studies and subsequent work experience, I learned how to implement a wide array of estate planning techniques, including very sophisticated strategies for high net-worth clients, who often had assets in excess of $50 million.
In Charlotte, I met the love of my life, Tom, and now we are happily married with two small children, Emily and Lucas. We enjoy watching our children grow and change on a daily basis, running around to seemingly endless kid birthday parties, and going on adventures with friends and family (including our kids' six cousins). After I had my daughter, I felt that I could best serve my clients and my family by opening my own office.
Here, I do things differently. I strive to help people achieve their legal needs in a more cost effective and personable manner. I believe legal fees should be reasonable for hardworking families, especially to young families who often need estate planning the most. I keep costs low by using sophisticated technology and systems that generate comprehensive documents in an efficient manner. Most importantly, I help people pass on not only their assets, but the more important things in life such as their values, beliefs, and personal sentiments, to their families.
- Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in taxation with an emphasis in estate planning, with distinction and with honors; CALI Award in Taxation of Property Transactions
- University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
- Clemson University, B.S. in Economics, cum laude
- North Carolina Bar
- South Carolina Bar
- Mecklenburg County Bar
- Estate Planning Section; Tax Section