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Nina Whitehurst

Attorney at Law

Nina has been practicing law for over 30 years in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law.  She is currently licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee. Her Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating is the highest achievable: 5 stars in peer reviews. In other words, her fellow attorneys rate Nina as among the best of the best. Nina is justifiably proud of her unimpeachable background as an attorney of the highest personal and professional standards.

Nina's real passion, though, is estate planning, which arises out of her natural proclivity to plan for every contingency and out of her life experiences Nina has seen, and has experienced first-hand, the effects of good, bad and non-existent estate planning, and absolutely wants to help others to plan properly for the inevitable.

As a widow (since remarried to husband Brian who also works in the law firm), Nina completely understands the devastation and confusion the surviving spouse feels, and she knows that proper planning lifts a tremendous burden from the survivor. It's an immeasurably valuable gift to one's family, in the time that they need it most. Nina personally experienced the values of having in place:

  • A comprehensive estate and disability plan when her late husband was diagnosed with cancer.
  • All the tools and financial support she needed to obtain medical records, make medical decisions, and obtain 24/7 in-home care for her late husband.
  • Authority to access financial and other assets with very few questions asked and without having to go to court.

Additionally, Nina's father was in an assisted living facility due to dementia before he passed. Nina is grateful to have been able to help her mother before her father's incapacity by drafting thorough medical and financial powers of attorney, as well as reviewing and amending her parents' rather dated and simple estate plan (that her mother had naively obtained free from a trust mill associated with a name brand financial management company), and Nina also took steps before it was too late to ensure that important assets were transferred to her parents' trust (something the drafting attorney failed to do, an all too common occurrence).

Helping others avoid the pitfalls of failing to plan, failing to fund their existing plan or failing to update their plan as their life and the law changes is Nina's passion; it's why she does what she does. She works directly with her clients to not only insure that they have the plan they need and want, but that the assets are transferred to the trust when possible, and that other accounts have updated the beneficiaries correctly. It's taking the extra time to make sure that the details are properly attended to that makes the difference between as successful plan and a failure.

A maxim Nina lives by: What is more valuable than ensuring your loved ones will be well-provided for according to your wishes after your passing, and that they will not undergo any additional unnecessary stress and expense at your passing?

At Cumberland Legacy Law, it is incredibly easy to actually talk to a real attorney: Just pick up the phone and call. Nina answers the phone almost half the time, actually. If she isn't' able to talk to you at that time she will return your call with 24 hours, often within one hour if during business hours. Clients can always call or email to ask questions at no additional charge.

Nina graduated with a B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and a J.D. in 1986. She is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel and Lawyers with Purpose.

Nina and Brian have two dogs (Jagger and Gidget) adopted from rescue shelters and have been adopted by two cats (KittyCat and Champ).   Their adorable little dog BoyBug passed recently, and they miss him very much.

When not helping clients Nina and Brian combine their love of animals with their passion for flying by transporting adopted pets from shelters to their new forever homes, often to another state. They also love to explore their newfound home of Tennessee, either by flying or driving the backroads, seeking that next great diner or barbecue joint, and live bluegrass music.

You can read more about Brian's and Nina's exploits here.


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  • JoAnne Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    I found Nina by 'google.,' and was pleasantly surprised when she answered the phone. As she listened to my story she also ran up against time constraints to talk longer. Then, asking me to email her my story,....she replied the next morning with a link to answer my most pressing question and with...
  • Patricia Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    I hired Nina Whitehurst for an adoption of an adult child. She did an excellent job in the adoption was final . A few months later I had hired Mrs,Whitehurst again this time for probate. She help me through the grieving. By taking a big problem and making it very small .I have now hired her for t...
  • Anonymous Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    So happy to have discovered Legacy Law Center and to have worked with them. Smart, prompt, affordable and reliable. Needed to work with a good team player and we got that.
  • Tony Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    Constant communications -- with any concern or though we received 'at once' response. Is a realist. Giving valued consideration to our desires measured against possible reality. Did her homework on the issue, then presented options with details for execution of each. Very professional, yet mainta...
  • Lynne J., Redding, CA Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    Nina Whitehurst, Esq. of Cumberland Legacy Law, has been, and continues to be, invaluable to me. My husband and I attended Nina's seminar, and halfway through, we knew she was the one to facilitate the extremely important task of creating our Family trust. Throughout this process, Nina was immens...
  • Stephen Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    Nina Whitehurst is a legal wizard, no less. She helped me to craft a trust concerning another entity which will serve well. She and her husband Brian listened to all aspects of the situations and came through with Class AAA service and product, not to mention their personal touches. The BEST.
  • Anonymous Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    When we learned that our estate plan was missing crucial element, we heard from one attorney after another, “your trust is too complicated, so nothing was accomplished in a year in a half. Once we found Nina, she worked diligently through a holiday weekend to analyze our lengthy documents. At one...
  • Anonymous Recommends Nina Whitehurst

    I thought Nina did an excellent job doing a restatement of our revocable trust. She responded quickly to questions and clarifications when asked for. The process went smoothly and without stress.

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