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James P. Naftel II
Shareholder
PROFILE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS
PUBLICATIONS

Jim's Profile

Jim is a shareholder and member of the firm’s Estate, Trust and Business Planning Practice, Fiduciary Advisory Services Practice, and the Fiduciary, Trust and Estate Litigation Practice groups.

In his Fiduciary Litigation practice, Jim advises and represents both individuals and corporate fiduciaries in their capacity as trustees and executors, including pre-litigation, mediation, trial and appellate proceedings.  Jim also represents beneficiaries of estates and trusts.  In addition, Jim represents clients in proceedings related to financial abuse of the elderly, conservatorships, guardianships and other protective proceedings.

In his Probate practice, Jim assists, advises and represents executors, conservators and trustees in the administration of estates in the probate court and advises families in settling the estates of deceased family members.

In his Estate Planning practice, Jim’s primary focus is on helping clients to navigate the process of thinking about, designing and implementing estate planning strategies that fulfill their goals and maximize wealth transfer tax-savings opportunities.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and his skills consistently earn him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Trust and Estates and Litigation: Trusts and Estates. He received his J.D magna cum laude from Alabama in 1998 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1994.

Jim's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates and Litigation:Trusts and Estates (2018 – Present)

Jim's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trusts Section
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Birmingham
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Jim's Publications

No Batteries Required:  A Primer on Gifts to Minors, The Alabama Lawyer, March 2019, Volume 80, Number 2 by James P. Naftel, II and Jessica S. Grover

CONTACT
T 205.254.1223
F 205.254.1999
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Assistant
Patou McNulty
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION

University of Alabama School of Law (1998, J.D., magna cum laude; Drane Lester Award, Outstanding Undergraduate in English; Order of the Coif; Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor; Moot Court Board)

University of Mississippi (1994, B.A., summa cum laude)

November 26, 2019
MAYNARD COOPER SHAREHOLDER JIM NAFTEL ELECTED AS FELLOW IN THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRUST AND ESTATE COUNSEL
James P. “Jim” Naftel, II, a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Estate, Trust and Bu...
August 15, 2019
130 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 130 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting att...
August 6, 2019
Maynard Cooper & Gale Estate Planning Practice Earns Top Marks in 2019 Chambers High Net Worth Guide
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the Firm and four of its estate planning attorneys have earned top rankings in the 2019 edition of the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide: The World’s Leading Private Wealth Advisors....
June 22, 2018
CONGRESS PASSES LONG-ANTICIPATED ELDER EXPLOITATION LAW: IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, elder financial abuse and fraud costs older Americans $2.9 billion annually. This abuse ranges from scam emails and phone calls to loved ones pressuring elders into financial transactions they w...
April 20, 2018
TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT UPDATE
As you probably know, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act made a wide variety of changes to the Internal Revenue Code, which affect most taxpayers in one way or another...
August 15, 2018
116 MAYNARD COOPER & GALE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN THE 2019 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA©
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 116 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their areas of practice in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Included in...
March 2, 2017
Panel Discussion: Recent Developments in Trusts, Estates and Estate Planning in Alabama