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Wingate, Kenneth B.
1515 Lady Street P.O. Box 12129 Columbia, SC
Phone: (803) 256-2233
Fax: (803) 256-9177


Current Employment Position(s)

Managing Shareholder

Year Joined Organization: 1993

Lawyer Overview

Ken is from Columbia, South Carolina.  He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Clemson University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Mr. Wingate is a former Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the American Bar Association, the Columbia Estate Planning Council, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is enrolled to practice before the United States Tax Court.

Ken served as Articles Editor and Senior Articles Editor for Probate & Property, a magazine published nationally by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has served on planned giving advisory boards for the American Heart Association, Baptist Medical Center of Columbia, Columbia College, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a frequent speaker and an author on the subjects of estate planning, probate law, probate litigation, and charitable giving. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America."

He served on the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board for the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  He is a past president of the Richland County Bar's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section and served as the Chairman of the South Carolina Bar's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section.

Ken served as Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance for Governor Mark Sanford in 2003, and currently serves as chairman of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. He is a past interim treasurer for the State of South Carolina.

He is married to the former Catharine Edwards of Charleston, South Carolina, and has three children. He enjoys hunting and running. He is an elder and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation 40%
  • Estate Planning 20%
  • Probate Administration/Trust Administration 20%
  • Business Formation/Planning/Succession 20%
40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Business & Commercial Law, Contracts, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Business Organizations, Business Successions, Closely Held Businesses, Formation & Business Planning, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Partnerships, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointment, Trusts, Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Estate Administration, Taxation Law, Estate & Gift Taxation


Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994


  • Estate Planning & Probate Law, SC Supreme Court Commission on Specialization, 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • McNair Law Firm, P.A., Associate, 1986 - 1993


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA, 1981
    Major: Accounting