Mr. Darcy regularly advises clients on a broad range of matters which include the formation of new business and investment entities, stock and asset purchase/sale transactions, contract drafting and negotiation, and family succession plans with closely held businesses.
He also counsels individuals on their estate plans and philanthropic goals, outlines the tax consequences of wealth transfers to individuals, trusts and charitable organizations, and prepares cost effective strategies to put in place the legal documents to achieve those plans and goals. Oftentimes, this requires the preparation of estate planning documents that include wills, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, charitable trusts and the formation of tax-exempt entities.
With respect to tax controversy, Mr. Darcy takes a proactive approach to assisting clients when dealing with city, state and federal taxing authorities. Over the years, he has successfully submitted and obtained favorable offers in compromises and requests for abatements. He has also requested private letter rulings and utilized his background in finance and taxation to assist with resolving tax issues.
New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 2014); Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Peterson, Jr., J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Division of Chancery (2013); University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2012); and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.B.A. in Finance, cum laude, 2009).
Why did you choose to become an attorney?
Being a problem solver is one of the root skills of any attorney. I thrive on adding value whether it means advising closely-held businesses on buy/sell transactions or contract drafting and negotiation, helping families and people alike to plan for the “what ifs” in their lives, or navigating the complexities of dealing with city, state and federal taxing authorities.
Why is Craige Jenkins the right firm for you?
There is no firm in Winston-Salem that is as committed to this city/region as Craige Jenkins. The opportunity to join Craige Jenkins provided with me an opportunity to thrive in a city/region that reflects my personality and ambitions with a group of talented attorneys who are dedicated to the practice of law across a wide gamut of practice areas. Craige Jenkins also has the resources necessary to ensure that my clients are receiving work that exceeds expectations.
What have you enjoyed about being an attorney?
Planning what happens to your estate and assets when you die can be confusing and stressful. These issues are not solely born upon individuals and are oftentimes compounded with dealing with closely-held businesses. Over the years, my favorite aspect of being an attorney is getting to know my clients and navigating the family, interpersonal, and legal aspects of each problem. No one size fits all and understanding that has helped me get to the point where I am now.
Most memorable trip?
Studying abroad in Augsburg, Germany. While there, I was exposed to a culture that was unfamiliar to myself. The college was located on the outskirts of Munich. Every weekend we were traveling around Bavaria and to different countries. The trip also brought me to Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic. To round out the trip, I was able to backpack with a few of my good friends around Northern Italy.
Favorite Winston-Salem landmark?
Although there are many, Quarry Park is a gem and shows the progress of the city as a whole. Winston-Salem is postured nicely for the future and is dedicated to the arts. Quarry Park is just one example of that dedication and devotion to the arts.
Currently, I am a board member of the Winston-Salem Estate Planning Council and the NCBA Tax Section. In addition to those roles, I was formerly involved as a board member of the Davie County YMCA and am currently stepping onto the H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem board, a community-wide volunteer group of individuals focused on preparing and bringing nutritious weekend meals to the thousands of children in Forsyth County who are at risk for hunger.