When I was 15, my dad died unexpectedly, and it was a real wake-up call for my mom. You see, years earlier, my parents retained a very prestigious law firm to plan their estate, and they thought everything was covered. Unfortunately, the firm and its plan left our family unprotected when we needed them most.
Although it was a textbook estate plan, just like they taught in law school, it didn’t work to avoid probate, save taxes, or make things easier for my mom and me. Why? Well, as the years went by, the laws changed, and so did our family and finances. We learned the hard way that traditional law firms put the burden on the family to keep things up-to-date.
I still remember feeling helpless and deserted when my dad died, and it never sat right with me how the government and the lawyers made my mom feel like it was her fault the plan didn’t work. This was definitely not what my dad would have wanted! Although I was powerless to do anything about it as a child, I ultimately founded Legacy Law Firm to fix the problem.
Now, after nearly 20 years in practice, it’s no surprise that most of our clients are women. Just like my mom, they’re the backbone of their families, and they want to do a great job when they become responsible for their family’s future. But they worry about outliving their money, having to give up their desired lifestyle, and becoming a burden on their families. That’s why we’re here … to help them get the most out of life, preserve family resources, and take care of the people they love when it really matters.
Philip J. Corson is a licensed attorney in South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a frequent public speaker on estate planning and elder law topics, has been interviewed on local TV and radio stations, and has been a faculty member of numerous legal education courses. He’s rated “Superb” by AVVO (10.0 out of 10.0) based on his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. The Supreme Court of South Carolina has recognized Philip for his service to the legal community and citizens of the state.
He’s served on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, is a member of ElderCounsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Past President, South Carolina Chapter), and is accredited by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He’s also the only attorney ever to win the Clover Jaycee’s Charity Chili Cookoff.
Philip was awarded his Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University, where he attended on academic scholarship, focused on Estate Planning and Elder Law, was elected to the Moot Court Board and the Order of Barristers. His Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies was received from Winthrop University.
Although he considered both seminary and graduate school after college, Philip ultimately felt called to be an attorney, where he could positively impact thousands of families. He took a few years off before law school to give the record companies ample opportunity to discover him as a guitarist-singer-songwriter … alas, no record contract resulted, but Philip did get discovered by his future wife!
Philip is a husband, father, entrepreneur and attorney. He lives in the “country” outside Clover, South Carolina with his wife, Laurie, and their two children, Anna and Alex. When he’s not working in or on his business, you’ll likely find him spending time with his family, cooking, or relaxing in their den with his library of classics.