Buist, Byars & Taylor LLC, Attorneys at Law

Tax, Estate Planning & Probate

Our tax, estate planning & probate department provides an extensive range of advice and services on various legal issues. While the group is based in our Mt. Pleasant office, our estate attorneys routinely advise and represent clients throughout South Carolina and beyond.


The estate planning lawyers at Buist Byars & Taylor advise clients on all aspects of estate planning including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and healthcare directives.

In working with your accountant and other professional advisors, our planning process is designed to achieve your objectives, while minimizing income and transfer taxes. Beyond basic estate planning, our attorneys have significant experience guiding individuals through the full range of sophisticated wealth transfers and asset protection, including:

  • Grantor trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Grantor retained annuity trusts (GRAT)
  • Educational trusts
  • Life insurance planning and trusts
  • Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs)
  • Family limited partnerships (FLPs)
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Generation skipping trusts


Buist Byars & Taylor routinely provides advice on numerous tax and corporate related issues, with a special emphasis on real estate and business transactions. Beginning with entity formation, our attorneys advise and represent clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, like-kind exchanges, sales and purchases of business interest, and other related matters.

Through our longstanding relationships with local and regional accounting firms, we work with tax advisors to structure transactions in a manner that will minimize the impact of federal, state, and local taxes for our clients.

In addition to tax planning, our tax department handles a wide range of tax controversy matters before federal, state and local tax authorities, including representation throughout the audit process and litigation. We have successfully represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court on various federal tax matters.

Buist Byars & Taylor regularly represents individuals and business entities in connection with numerous matters involving the South Carolina Department of Revenue, including income tax, sales and use tax, admissions tax, alcohol beverage licensing, and other state tax matters. Our legal team assists clients in many aspects of local government matters, including property tax issues, business license disputes, and other local tax issues.

The group’s clients include individuals, small business owners, medical professionals, restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, charitable organizations, corporations, trust departments, and many others.


Despite being relatively simple and straightforward, the time involved in the South Carolina probate process depends on several factors. Our significant experience in guiding clients through the probate process, including the many forms and deadlines, allows us to anticipate and avoid issues.

Counseling personal representatives and trustees, our experienced probate attorneys work through the entire spectrum of issues related to estate and trust administration.

Learn more about our estate and probate lawyers or get in touch with us today to find out how we may be able to support you.

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