As a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Christina Goshaw Hinkle focuses her practice on wills and trusts, estate and gift tax planning, and estate and trust administration and probate law. Christina has been practicing law for more than twenty years in Chapel Hill and has developed a special interest in charitable giving, intergenerational and blended family planning, and trust modifications and terminations. She is also versed in business law with knowledge of fiduciary and ancillary responsibilities unique to small business owners in North Carolina.
Christina’s clients cite her commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and thoughtful, caring, and efficient approach as her strengths as an attorney. As a co-founder of the firm, Christina envisions its mission as serving clients compassionately and competently.
Christina graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor of the North Carolina Law Review and was a member of The Order of the Coif. She was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 1993. Following law school, Ms. Hinkle clerked for the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Christina was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1969. In 1973, her family moved from Geneva, Switzerland, to Chapel Hill, where she has lived ever since. She and her husband, David, are now raising their three children in Chapel Hill.
Areas of Practice
Wills and Trusts, Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Probate Law, Trust and Estate Administration, Fiduciary Law, and Small Business Law
Admissions / Honors
- North Carolina State Bar, 1993
- North Carolina Law Review, Member, 1991–1992, Articles Editor, 1992–1993
- The Order of the Coif, 1993
- Board Certified Specialist, Estate Planning and Probate Law, since 2008
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC, J.D., 1993, with High Honors
- Duke University, Durham, NC, B.S., Mathematics, 1990, cum laude
Professional and Community Memberships
- American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section, Member
- North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law and Business Law Sections, Member
- Orange County Bar Association, Member
- Durham/Orange Estate Planning Council, Board Member
- Child Care Services Association, Chapel Hill, NC, Board Member
- North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, Member
What Clients Say About Christina
“Christina Hinkle has helped us sort out complicated multi-generational estate planning issues in a way that instilled confidence in all family members. She was always careful to balance estate and tax planning efficiency with the personal desires and objectives of each individual.”
“Like many people, we knew we needed to update our wills. Christina gently and professionally helped us consider scenarios that weren’t on our radar. She listened to us and helped develop solutions that weren’t unduly complicated. Documents were produced in a timely way and explained clearly. We enthusiastically recommend Christina.”
“Christina guided us through the planning process with kindness, empathy and intelligence. I have known her for years and can’t imagine anyone I would trust more.”
“I have very much appreciated your thoughtfulness, thoroughness, insight into my legal needs, and hand-holding during this difficult process of settling my husband’s estate. You are a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer as well as a very caring person. I certainly appreciate all your help. Thanks again SO MUCH.”
“In Sickness and In Health: Paying Your Spouse’s Medical Expenses”
Married couples enjoy a number of legal benefits not available to unmarried partners: social security benefits, the choice to file taxes jointly, and hospital visiting privileges are some examples. Spouses also have legal responsibilities that arise from marriage. One of these that may not be readily apparent is the obligation for a spouse’s medical bills and other necessities of life.
“Second Marriages: Time to Update Your Estate Plan”
We like to see people remarry and try again at love. But second chances also bring complications, particularly in planning your estate. When one or both of the couple has children, often a balance between your love for your new spouse and your love for your children is sought in setting up the estate plan.
“Cookie Cutter Wills”
Try a quick online search for “free wills,” and you’ll find numerous websites offering inexpensive or free legal documents, including wills and other estate planning documents. Does anyone really buy these products?
“The Ride Is Over”
For the last decade, estate planning has felt a lot like a ride on SpaceMountain. If you haven’t been to Disney World, SpaceMountain is a roller coaster designed like a rocket ship hurtling through outer space. You have to be prepared for anything.
“Amendment One: Don’t Worry, Just Plan”
As soon as North Carolina voters passed Amendment One, concerned clients began asking about its effect on their estate plans. Would their partner still have hospital visitation rights? Would disgruntled family members be able to challenge their will? My immediate answer was, “Don’t worry. Your estate plan should be just fine.”
“I just need a simple will. How much does that cost?”
By now, I’ve lost count of how many people have called my office and said, “I just need a simple will. How much does that cost?” It seems like such a simple question, but it’s impossible to answer without more information. Do you have a significant other?