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Terry Turnipseed is an experienced estate planning and tax advisor who works with high-net-worth clients to develop and implement sophisticated estate planning techniques including GRATs, CLATs, CRUTs, FLLCs, Conservation Easements, QPRTs, Dynasty Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, Buy-Sell Agreements, ILITs, International Estate Planning, Asset Protection including Offshore Trusts, Business Succession Planning, and IDGTs.

Terry produces complex tax opinion letters and has prepared many complex Form 706 Estate Tax Returns, Form 709 Gift Tax Returns, and Form 1041 Trust/Estate Income Tax Returns. Previously, as an attorney with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., he developed and implemented complex tax planning strategies for more than $1 billion in assets. He also represented a number of large trust beneficiaries with fiduciary issues. He has expertise in complex domestic and international estate planning, including substantial asset protection experience.

Terry is a Professor of Law and Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He has written in the areas of spousal property rights upon death, trust fiduciary law, and transfer taxation. He teaches courses in estate planning, wills and trusts, estate and gift taxation, and first-year property. Terry has made dozens of media appearances, including Newsweek, Special Report with Brit Hume on the Fox News Network, and the New York Daily News.

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Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University


LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University (cum laude)

J.D., Georgetown University

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Technology and Policy
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • National Science Foundation Fellow

B.S., Mississippi State University (summa cum laude)

  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholar
  • Distinguished Engineering Fellow


  • District of Columbia
    State of Nebraska
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