James P. “Jim” Naftel, II, a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Estate, Trust and Business Planning Practice Group, was recently elected by the Board of Regents of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) to be a Fellow of the College.
As one of only 40 Fellows elected nationally at the ACTEC Fall Meeting – and one of only two elected from Alabama – Naftel joins an esteemed membership comprised of almost 2,500 Fellows from across the United States and globally who have been elected by their peers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the practice of trust and estate law. Other Maynard Cooper Shareholders who are Fellows in ACTEC include Kirby Sevier, Cynthia Lamar-Hart, Allison Taylor, and Danny Markstein, who served as President of ACTEC.
Maynard Cooper has the largest Trust, Estate & Business Planning and Fiduciary practices in Alabama, and Naftel has over 20 years of experience in these areas. In addition to his election as a Fellow of ACTEC, Naftel is consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Trusts and Estates and Litigation: Trusts and Estates. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“College”) maintains an association, international in scope, of high quality, skilled trust and estate lawyers whose character and ability contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College, which include the improvement of probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility. The areas of expertise and experience represented in the College are wide-ranging including estate planning, probate and estate and trust administration, protective intervention and guardianship administration, transfer and income tax laws that affect trusts, elder law, charitable planning, employee benefit planning, asset protection, and fiduciary litigation. The College is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware.