Ansley Chapman Cella

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Ansley Chapman Cella

Ansley Chapman Cella is a member of Manning Fulton's tax and estate planning section. She develops and implements comprehensive estate and business succession plans that achieve the personal, financial and charitable goals of individuals and families within federal income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax regimes. Ansley’s estate planning experience includes the creation of wealth transfer vehicles such as family limited liability companies, generation-skipping trusts, charitable remainder trusts, sales to defective grantor trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Ansley also drafts wills, minors’ trusts, living wills, powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney.

Ansley is listed among Business North Carolina's Legal Elite (2012) in the area of tax and estate planning and has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2009-2013).

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  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M in Estate Planning, 2000)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., Dean's List, Phi Delta Phi, 1998)
  • Clemson University (B.A. in History with Minor in Commerce Communications, Dean's List, 1994)

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina, 2001
  • State of South Carolina, 1998

Specific Matters

  • Transferred multi-million dollar family business to next generation using sale to defective grantor trust
  • Prepared business succession plans entailing transfers of ownership interests to certain shareholders upon death or retirement of other shareholders
  • Formed family limited liability companies designed to consolidate asset ownership, manage real estate investments and minimize estate and gift taxation
  • Transferred life insurance policies to irrevocable trusts to minimize estate taxation of proceeds
  • Implemented split dollar executive compensation arrangement
  • Determined proper designation of beneficiaries of retirement plans and IRAs for extended preservation of retirement assets
  • Transferred appreciated assets to charitable remainder trust for optimal income tax deferral
  • Organized non-profit entities, including family foundations and public charities.

Professional Activities

  • Wake County Estate Planning Council
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Estate and Fiduciary Law Section
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Tax Law Section
    • Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section
  • American Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Chatham Hall Alumnae Council
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Church School Council
  • Aldert Root Elementary School PTA, Vice President – Teacher Hospitality
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Young Associates
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