R. James Young


R. James (Jimmy) Young has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997 and was named by his peers as the Best Lawyers in America 2013        Jackson, MS, Trusts & Estates “Lawyers of the Year”. Jimmy has also been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer since its inception in 2006.  He was named to the Super Lawyers Top 50 Mississippi attorneys 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, and 2018 lists, having received one of the highest point totals in the Mid-South Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue-ribbon review process. In 2017, he was the only Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyer listed in the area of Estate Planning and Probate.  Additionally, he has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV preeminent lawyer for more than 30 years and was selected in 2013 as a Top Rated Lawyer in the area of Trusts and Estates. He is also a member of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and was identified as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi in the Leaders in Law 2011 by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Having earned his B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi, and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Jimmy is well-suited to the practice of law.  He focuses his practice, primarily, in the areas of estate planning and probate, elder law and business successions, and he is motivated by “a heart for working with families in a holistic approach to managing and transferring their wealth and in providing for their special needs.” He particularly enjoys “the challenge of resolving the most difficult, complex and convoluted estate and trust administration issues.”

In his early career, Jimmy spent six years as an Estate Tax Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, serving five years as Chair for the State of Mississippi, a past Chairman of The Mississippi Bar’s Estates and Trusts Section and past president of the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi. He co-chaired the Secretary of State’s Trust Laws Study Group (2010 session). An Accredited Estate Planner with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Jimmy has taught seminars for many years, including chairing the Annual Estate Planning Seminars co-sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Law and the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi.


Areas of Practice
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Business Successions
  • Fiduciary Administration
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Partnerships
  • Real Estate
  • Conservatorships & Guardianships
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Oxford, Mississippi, J.D.
  • University of Mississippi
    • Oxford, Mississippi, B.B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Banking and Finance
Honors and Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Trusts and Estates), 1997 – 2024
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America a “Best Lawyer of the Year” for the Jackson, MS, area in the category of Trusts and Estates – 2013
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV® Preeminent™ for 30+ years, 1992-Present, including the 2022 Judicial Edition
  • Selected for inclusion in Mississippi Bar Foundation – 2019
  • Included in 2018-2022 Judicial Edition of Martindale-Hubbell (highest possible rating in both ability and ethical standards reflecting the confidential opinions of the Board and Judiciary)
  • Mississippi Business Journal 2011 “Leaders in Law”
  • Accredited Estate Planner with National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer 2006 – 2023 and is recognized as a 15 year+ Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • Named as one of The Top 50 Mississippi attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018 and the only Mississippi lawyer ranked in the Top 50 in 2017 in the area of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Selected for listing in Chambers USA High Net Worth Guide 2018-2022
  • Named Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeiminent 2013 Top Rated Lawyer/ Trusts and Estates
Representative Matters
  • Miss. Employment Sec. Comm’n v. PDN, Inc., 586 So. 2d 838, 840 (Miss. 1991)
  • Lewis v. Delta Loans, Inc., 300 So. 2d 142 (Miss. 1974)
Associations and Memberships
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
    • Fellow
    • 1997 – 2002 State Chair; Practice Committee
  • The Mississippi Bar
    • Estates and Trusts Section, Taxation Section
    • Past Chair of Estates and Trusts Section
    • Mississippi Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Formerly serving in various offices of the Financial Planning Association
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • Estate Planning Council of Mississippi
    • Past President
  • Mississippi Family Asset Protection Committee
    • Past Chairman
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Jackson Estate Planning Forum
  • National Care Planning Council
  • Belhaven Improvement Association
    • Past President
  • Greenwood Cemetery Restoration Association
    • Past President
  • Urban Committee of Young Life
    • Past Co-Chairman
  • Estate & Gift Planning Advisory Board of Baptist Health Systems, Inc.
  • Mississippi College Estate Planning Council
    • Past Member
  • “Navigating Parent Care” Talk Show Participant Each Tuesday on WJNT NewsTalk Radio
  • 2009 Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office Trust Laws Study Group
    • Co-Chair
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church
  • Annual Estate Planning Seminars co-sponsored by Mississippi College School of Law & the Estate Planning Council of Mississippi
  • Liability and Asset Protection Planning for Mississippi Pharmacists, Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC
Past Employment Positions
  • Chief Justice of Mississippi Supreme Court
    • Research Assistant
  • Internal Revenue Service Estate Tax Attorney for six years
    • Received High Quality & Special Achievement Awards
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