Stephen Brown focuses his practice on business formation and structuring, wealth transfer planning, and litigation involving fiduciaries, trusts, estates and guardianships. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
Stephen regularly advises individuals on a range of estate planning strategies, including the use of simple and complex trust arrangements to achieve their personal and charitable objectives in a tax advantaged manner. He also has extensive experience advising clients regarding estate, trust and guardianship matters, including will disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, marital rights in estate and trusts, irrevocable trust modification, asset protection, and incompetency proceedings.
Stephen also advises closely held businesses on a range of issues, including governance, mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, employment agreements and federal and state tax disputes.
Stephen graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where he served as a staff member and published author of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology. He joined Young Moore and Henderson in 2011 after practicing with other area firms and was named a shareholder in 2014.
Education & Bar Admissions
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2008
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005
- B.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2005
- North Carolina, 2008
- U.S. Tax Court
- North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, 2018
- Recipient of the J. Nelson Young Tax Scholarship at the University of North Carolina School of Law
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in Trusts and Estates (2019, 2020)
- Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star,” (2018) a category for attorneys age 40 and younger
- Named in Business North Carolina Legal Elite in the area of Tax/Estate Planning (2019)
- Wake County Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association Tax, Estate Planning and Probate law Section
Publications & Presentations
- Co-Author, “If Mom Could Only See Them Now! Navigating a Fiduciary Dispute,” 4oth Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program, NC Bar Association, July 2019
- Co-Author, “Think You Have Timely Filed Your Client’s Elective Share Claim? Think Again,” The Will & The Way Newsletter published by the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, February 2019
- Illegal Immigrants in the Workplace: Why Electronic Verification Benefits Employers, 8 N.C. J.L & Tech. 349 (2007)