Sarah Sparboe Thornburg

Sarah focuses on estate planning and estate administration. She provides knowledgeable assistance to a wide range of clients on issues ranging from guardianship of young children and planning for death to minimizing taxes. She helps individuals plan for death and incapacity by drafting necessary documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and trusts. She assists with the administration of estates of deceased or incompetent individuals. Sarah is approachable and easy to talk to, and serves as Chair of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Team. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was a high school social studies teacher and later served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Higgins with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

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Contact Information

Office: 828.254.8800

sthornburg@mwbavl.com

48 Patton Avenue
PO Box 3180
Asheville, North Carolina 28802-3180

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Client Successes

  • Established long-term relationships with clients
  • Helped clients achieve peace of mind with compassionate end-of-life recommendations
  • Drafted necessary documents to smoothly assist clients with estate administration
  • Saved clients large tax burdens through careful tax planning processes

Community Involvement

Sarah’s community involvement includes work with:

  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
  • Community Action Opportunities Corporation
  • Young Lawyers Section of the Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
  • Asheville City School system

Bar

Tennessee State Bar in (1996)

North Carolina State Bar (1997)

Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1996)

Duke University (A.B., cum laude, 1990)

Awards

Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite list of the top lawyers in North Carolina in the Tax/Estate Planning category

2009 NCBA William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award from the 28th Judicial District Bar