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Overview

Molly Whitlatch took an interesting route leading to her career as an attorney. She received her undergraduate degree from Elon College, summa cum laude, and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University. Thereafter, she worked briefly in the North Carolina State Prison System counselling incarcerated people who suffered from mental illness. Molly was a recipient of the Junius C. Brown award and received a full merit-based scholarship to law school, earning her law degree from Wake Forest University.

Focusing on estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation, Molly also regularly handles professional malpractice, commercial and business litigation matters, and appeals. Her work includes challenges to wills and pre-death transfers of money and property because of undue influence or incapacity. Molly understands the unique challenges facing families who may be caring for or grieving the loss of a loved one while having to manage a difficult family dispute.

In addition to her legal practice, Molly serves on the board of Family Abuse Services of Alamance County and is a founding member of Preservation Burlington, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and celebrate local historic architecture. The organization owns and runs The Salvage Shop, an architectural salvage store created to save and resell old “house parts” to fund grants for local residents to restore their historic homes.

Molly and her husband are also restoring an 1800’s historic home in the Burlington area.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University, 2005
  • M.A., Appalachian State University, 2001 (Clinical Psychology)
  • B.A., Elon College, 1999
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina Federal District Courts (Eastern, Middle and Western Districts)
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Alamance County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Experience

  • Matter of Thompson, 795 S.E.2d 395 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Lacey v. Kirk, 767 S.E.2d 632 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Kinesis Advertising, Inc. v. Hill, 658 S.E.2d 485 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 2008)
  • Kinesis Advertising, Inc. v. Hill, 652 S.E.2d 284 (N.C. Ct. App. 2007)
  • Andrews v. Haygood, 655 S.E.2d 440 (N.C. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Andrews v. Haygood, 669 S.E.2d 310 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 2008)

Awards/Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2019 and 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation – Trusts and Estates in Greensboro
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Litigation – Trusts & Estates (2016-2022)
  • Selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers®, 2019-2022
  • Recognized as Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine (2018)
  • Triad Business Journal, 40 Business Leaders Under 40 (2014)