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HPS Lawyers Looking Forward to Serving Clients from New Locations

Dan Holbrook, Marshall Peterson, and Eddy Smith announce that Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC will dissolve in early 2018 as the lawyers move to new law firms. We remain friends and part on great terms. We've simply come to the point where we have different needs and objectives in our practices. We will communicate with our clients and other friends as each of us determines where we're headed. Rest assured that we will continue to serve our clients and to accept referrals as before. We are blessed to have served East Tennessee as a firm for 21 years and look forward to serving from our new firms for many more. Thank you for your support since 1997.
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Three Holbrook Peterson Smith lawyers have been named among the Best Lawyers in America® for 2017. Eddy R. Smith is recognized in the Litigation – Trusts and Estates category. Dan W. Holbrook, Marshall H. Peterson and Eddy R. Smith are recognized in Trusts and Estates. Lawyers across the country are chosen for inclusion among Best Lawyers in America® based solely on the vote of their peers.
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Proposed IRS Changes Call for Planning Action

A recent tax law development could significantly affect estate planning. The lawyers at Holbrook Peterson Smith are available if you would like clarification. Proposed Treasury Regulations: The Treasury (IRS) has issued Proposed Regulations that could have a dramatic impact on your estate planning by eliminating or reducing valuation discounts in some circumstances. This could be […]
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Rural Resources thanks Marshall Peterson for his assistance with conservation easement

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Ed Smith to present at Nonprofit Law seminar

Ed Smith will present the Knoxville Bar Association’s seminar entitled “Nonprofit Law Update: Information Board Members and Staff Need to Know.”  Ed will provide a comprehensive checklist of best practices for a nonprofit to ensure its board and staff are keeping themselves and the organization compliant.  Afterwards, a panel of attorneys will discuss issues faced by […]
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Tennessee Court of Appeals Reinforces Strict Will Execution Requirements

In a will contest case, HPS attorney Ed Smith represented two siblings who argued that their father’s will (which left them nothing) was not properly executed in accordance with the requirements of Tennessee law, because the witnesses to the will signed only the affidavit of attesting witnesses and not the will itself.  The Court of […]
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Ed Smith co-presents seminar on Tax-Exempt Organizations

Ed Smith co-presented with two other local professionals at a seminar entitled “Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish” on December 17, 2014 at the Knoxville Hilton.  Ed discussed Unrelated Business Taxable Income, Key Compliance Points and Disclosure Considerations of the Form 990, and Advising on Operational Issues.  
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Marshall Peterson participates in UT College of Law panel

Marshall Peterson was a participant on a panel at University of Tennessee College of Law, The Business of Practicing Law:  Managing Partners Forum. The program, directed to law students, focused on changes in the way legal services are delivered, traits most valued in new hires at local law firms, skills law students will do well […]
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Three HPS Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers In America©

Dan Holbrook, Marshall Peterson, and Ed Smith are listed in the 2015 edition of  The Best Lawyers In America©  for Trusts and Estates. In addition, Dan is listed for Non-Profit/Charities Law and Ed is listed for Litigation-Trusts and Estates.
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HPS Named Pro Bono Firm of the Year

At Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s “Celebrate Pro Bono” event on July 29, Holbrook Peterson Smith was recognized as Pro Bono Firm of the Year.  The award was presented by Chief Justice Gary Wade.  In addition to the firm’s recognition, Dan Holbrook and Marshall Peterson received individual recognition for pro bono hours through LAET.
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