Deborah L. Hildebran-Bachofen

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27612

Deborah L. Hildebran-Bachofen

Deborah L. Hildebran-Bachofen has been practicing with Manning Fulton since 1988. Debbie has a broad range of experience with closely-held corporations, including corporate mergers, acquisition and structuring issues, planning and tax accounting issues, private debt placement, and tax planning. Debbie becomes an important part of the company’s outside management team, advising business owners on day-to-day operations, drafting and negotiating contracts, and advising on financial matters and transactions.

Debbie heads the firm’s Estate Administration Section and with more than 25 years of experience, she is known throughout the state of North Carolina for her expertise in the areas of estate planning and administration. Debbie often represents key executives and assists high net worth families and individuals in developing and implementing gift and estate tax planning and the administration of substantial and complex estates and trusts. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Debbie has been consistently recognized in many State and National respected publications. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2016) and was selected for inclusion among North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2016 / NC's Top 100 Lawyers 2009, 2010 / Top 50 Female Lawyers 2006-2014). She has also been recognized in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite in the areas of Tax and Estate Planning (2005, 2017) and Corporate Law (2006). She is the recipient of a Women in Business Award (2005) presented by the Triangle Business Journal and a Women Extraordinaire Award (2005) presented by Business Leader Magazine.




  • Wingate College (A.A., 1973)
  • University of North Carolina (B.S., B.A., 1976)
  • University of North Carolina (J.D., 1984)

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina, 1984

Specific Matters

  • Key member of acquisition team for more than $2 billion of acquisitions
  • Key member of client finance team in more than $1 billion of financing
  • Key member of team representing Executors of multi-million dollar estate administration

Professional Activities

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Tax Section
      • Former Council Member
    • Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section
      • Past Chair
      • Former Council Member
      • Estate Administration Manual Committee for the Estate Planning Section, Past Chair
    • Local Bar Services Committee Member
    • Convention Planning Committee Member
    • International Law & Practice Section
      • Former Council Member
      • 2010 Attorney Exchange Leader to Turkey
    • Business Law Section
      • Former North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (LEAP) Subcommittee
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • Former Treasurer
    • Board of Directors, Former Member
    • Swearing-In Ceremony Committee, Past Chair
    • Bar Awards Planning Committee, Past Co-Chair
    • Sponsorship Committee, Past Co-Chair
    • President's Award of Excellence (2009, 2012)
    • Social Committee, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section
  • Former UNC Tax Institute Planning Committee
  • Former lecturer at UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
  • UNC Law School Alumni Board of Directors, Member


Community Activities

  • Salvation Army of Wake County
    • Past Secretary of Board of Advisors
    • Past Planned Giving Committee, Chair
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Advisors
    • Executive Women’s Task Force, Past Chair
  • Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
    • Chair of Regional Advisory Board
  • North Raleigh United Methodist Church
    • Former Trustee (9 years)
  • Capital City Club Executive Women’s Steering Committee, Former Member
  • Raleigh Racquet Club, Former Director and Treasurer






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