Elizabeth Holland Hutchins

Elizabeth Holland Hutchins: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Liz is a senior member of the firm's Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group . Her practice includes planning for the management and distribution of clients' estates to accomplish their goals and to minimize estate taxes using sophisticated estate planning tools and techniques. She counsels business owners regarding succession planning. In probate administration, she assists in the orderly distribution of estate assets and planning for estate and income tax issues. Liz also works with clients to accomplish effective charitable giving and establishes both public and private tax-exempt, charitable entities.

What is the best part of your job?

I love developing relationships with clients and their families. It is rewarding to work with clients to plan for passing their assets to their family in a way that allows the family members to enjoy and benefit from the property but also have some structure around the use of the property and tax savings as well. I enjoy meeting multiple generations of a family and seeing how the goals and values of the older generation pass down to the younger generations.

Who has inspired you in your career?

There have been several people who have inspired me. Two of my partners, Melinda Mathews and Judy Todd, have set examples of excellence in law practice, client service and relations, and commitment to mentoring and bringing along others. They also inspired me to be involved in the community with charitable causes and to follow my own passions in that regard.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

1. Listen to each client carefully, and try to fully understand their goals and concerns.

2. Provide tax advice, but tailor it to fit each client’s personal and family situations

3. Offer new ideas and insights from my experience and help my clients find solutions to problems.

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers


•Alabama Association of Fundraising Professionals
•Outstanding Professional Adviser Award (2016)
•Chambers High Net Worth (HNW)

Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for Estate Planning in Birmingham (2015)
The Best Lawyers in America

•Trusts and Estates (2003-2019)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Estate and Probate (2008-2018)
Birmingham Magazine

• Top Attorney in Probate
B-Metro Magazine

• Top Women Attorneys in Birmingham
B-Metro Magazine

• Top Lawyer (2018)

Thought Leadership

•Assists families of deceased persons in probate administration, especially those estates with estate, gift, or income tax implications

•Drafts documents, such as wills and trusts, to carry out clients' plans

•Helps clients develop charitable giving techniques and establish both public and private tax-exempt entities

•Provides estate planning for individuals, including advising clients in planning their estates to accomplish personal goals and minimize estate taxes

Outside the Office

•YWCA of Central Alabama
•Board of Directors
•Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
•Professional Advisors Committee
•Judson College Alumnae Association
•Former National President
•The Women’s Network
•Honorable Robert B. Propst, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
•Law Clerk (1981-1982)

Speeches and Publications

•Co-Author and Presenter, 2018 Tax Changes Affecting Trust and Estate Tax Planning, Alabama Society of Enrolled Agents 2018 Fall Seminar

•Author and Presenter, Income and Transfer Tax Planning in the Wake of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, The Women's Network, May 2018

•Author and Presenter, Income Tax Issues for Estates, Annual Birmingham Bar Probate Section CLE, December 2017

•Co-Author and Presenter, Hot Topics Update: Estate and Charitable Planning, Alabama Society of CPAs, June 2016

•Author and Presenter, Women in Giving, The Women's Fund, December 2014

•Author and Presenter, Restoring the World Around You: The Heart of Philanthropy, Alabama Society of CPAs Women's Summit, May 2014

•Co-Author and Presenter, Cutting Through the Tax Kudzu of the Nonprofit Landscape, September 2012


•Sirote’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group and Four of its Attorneys have received Distinguished Recognition from Chambers and Partners in Chambers High Net Worth Guide
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015
•Sirote's Cooper, Hutchins, and Ragsdale Designated Lawyers of the Year for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys to Speak at 95th Alabama Society of CPAs Annual Meeting
•Sirote & Permutt Attorney Elizabeth Hutchins to Present at Alabama Society of CPAs' Women's Summit
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Liz Hutchins and Andy Andrews to Speak at 2014 Alabama Money Expo
•Important Questions Business Owners Should be Asking Their Attorneys? Liz Hutchins has the Answers.
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Sirote & Permutt Estate Planning Alert: What to Know Before Donating
•Sirote's Elizabeth Hutchins Appointed Alabama State Chair for ACTEC
•Sirote's Liz Hutchins Goes One-On-One With Stylist Richard Joseph In B-Metro Interview
•Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Birmingham Magazine Names 14 from Sirote as Top Attorneys
•Craig Stephens fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
•Elizabeth Hutchins Featured in Business Journal Article
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers
•Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009
•Fourteen Sirote Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Tax
  • Private Clients, Trusts and Estates
  • Charitable Planning & Contributions
  • High Net Worth Individuals & Families
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Tax Planning
  • Wealth Management & Succession
  • Individuals, Families, Estates & Trusts
  • Nonprofit & Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5381  Phone
205.212.3875  Fax
University Attended:
Judson College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1981; New York University School of Law, LL.M., in Taxation, 1989
Year of First Admission:
1983, Texas; 1981, Alabama; 1989, Georgia


•American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
•Former State Chair
•Alabama Planned Giving Council
•Former President
•Birmingham Estate Planning Council
•Former President
•Alabama State Bar
•State Bar of Georgia
•State Bar of Texas
•Birmingham Bar Association

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, August 21, 1956

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