Hank has over twenty-four years of legal experience in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration, Business/Corporate Law and Tax. Hank's interests also include Sports Law, and he is a member of the American Bar Association Sports Committee, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
An alumnus of Woodberry Forest School, Hank graduated from the University of Virginia with distinction in 1979, and received his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1983. After law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge William M. Acker, Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama. Hank earned a Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988, and is a Certified Tax Specialist (SC). He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (inactive). Prior to establishing his own law firm, Hank was a partner with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP (now K&L Gates), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and Hamilton Martens Ballou & Sipe, LLC in Rock Hill, SC.
Hank is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, signifying that he has been ranked by his peers at the highest level of professional excellence. He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the dual categories of Trusts and Estates, and Tax Law, and is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers®. Sipe Law Firm is also named in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in the categories of Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Law in the Charlotte metropolitan area.
Hank's practice includes the following:
- Federal and State Taxation
- Tax Controversies
- Estate Administration/Probate
- Trust Administration
- Estate Planning
- Trusts and Estates
- Choice of Entity/Entity Formation
- Business Succession
- Limited Liability Companies
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