R. James Young
 
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R. James (Jimmy) Young was named by his peers as the Best Lawyers in America 2013 Jackson, MS, Trusts & Estates "Lawyers of the Year". Jimmy was also named to The Top 50 Mississippi attorneys 2010, 2012 and 2013 lists, having received one of the highest point totals in the Mid-South Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. He was identified as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi in the Leaders in Law 2011 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Jimmy practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate, elder law and business successions, and he is motivated by "a heart for working with families in a holistic approach to managing and transferring their wealth and in providing for their special needs.” He particularly enjoys "the challenge of resolving the most difficult, complex and convoluted estate and trust administration issues.”
 
Jimmy spent six years early in his career as an Estate Tax Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, serving five years as Chair for the State of Mississippi, a past Chairman of The Mississippi Bar's Estates and Trusts Section and past president of the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi. He co-chaired the Secretary of State's Trust Laws Study Group (2010 session). An Accredited Estate Planner with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Jimmy has taught seminars for many years, including chairing the Annual Estate Planning Seminars co-sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Law and the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi.
 
Jimmy has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for more than twenty years and has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer since its inception in 2006. He has also been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV preeminent lawyer for more than 25 years.  He earned a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi, and the J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Areas of Practice:

Estate Planning and Probate
Elder Law
Business Successions
Fiduciary Administration
Formation & Business Planning
Closely Held Businesses
Partnerships
Real Estate
Conservatorships & Guardianships

Bar Admissions:

Mississippi, 1971
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 1971
U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 1971
U.S. Tax Court, 1979
 
Education:
 
University of Mississippi School of Law
Oxford, Mississippi, J.D.
 
University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi, B.B.A.
Honors:With Honors
Major: Banking and Finance
 

Miss. Employment Sec. Comm’n v. PDN, Inc., 586 So. 2d 838, 840  (Miss. 1991)

 

Lewis v. Delta Loans, Inc., 300 So. 2d 142 (Miss. 1974)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Annual Estate Planning Seminars co-sponsored
by Mississippi College School of Law & the Estate
Planning Council of Mississippi
 
Liability and Asset Protection Planning for Mississippi
Pharmacists, Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC

Honors and Awards:
 
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates), 1997 - 2017
            Named by The Best Lawyers in America a "Best
            Lawyer of the Year" for the Jackson, MS, area
            in the category of Trusts and Estates- 2013
Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV® Preeminent™ for 25+ years, 1992-Present

            Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates by Martindale-Hubbell 2015

Mississippi Business Journal 2011 "Leaders in Law"
Accredited Estate Planner with National Association of
Estate Planning Councils
 
Mid-South Super Lawyer - 2006- 2016
Named as one of The Top 50 Mississippi attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2010,
2012, and 2013
 
Named Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeiminent 2013 Top Rated Lawyer/ Trusts and Estates
Professional Associations and Memberships:

American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
Fellow
1997 - 2002 State Chair; Practice Committee
 
The Mississippi Bar
Estates and Trusts Section, Taxation Section
Past Chair of Estates and Trusts Section
 
Capital Area Bar Association
 
Formerly serving in various offices of the Financial Planning Association
 
National Association of Estate Planning Councils
Accredited Estate Planner
 
Estate Planning Council of Mississippi
Past President

Mississippi Family Asset Protection Committee
Past Chairman
 
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Jackson Estate Planning Forum

National Care Planning Council

Belhaven Improvement Association
Past President
 
Greenwood Cemetery Restoration Association
Past President
 
Urban Committee of Young Life
Past Co-Chairman
 
Estate & Gift Planning Advisory Board of
Baptist Health Systems, Inc.
 
Mississippi College Estate Planning Council
Past Member

"Navigating Parent Care" Talk Show Participant
Each Tuesday on WJNT NewsTalk Radio
 
2009 Mississippi Secretary of State's Office Trust Laws Study Group
Co-Chair
 
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
 
Past Employment Positions:
 
Chief Justice of Mississippi Supreme Court
Research Assistant
 
Internal Revenue Service
Estate Tax Attorney for six years
Received High Quality & Special Achievement Awards

Birth Information:
 
1946, Meridian, Mississippi

   

 

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