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.
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