Thomas D. KilpatrickThomas D. Kilpatrick represents clients in legal matters involving estate planning; probate administration and litigation; guardianships; conservatorships; trust and fiduciary administration and litigation; elder law; business formation and governance; and real estate.

Thomas serves as Court-appointed fiduciary, including as Conservator for minors and allegedly incapacitated individuals.

Thomas graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2009, where he majored in Political Science. Thomas received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012, where he served as Production Editor for the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal.

Upon graduating from law school, Thomas served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Blunt, Judge of Probate for Dorchester County, where he gained experience in estate planning and probate litigation matters.

Thomas is a member of the Columbia Estate Planning Council, the Richland County Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and the American Bar Association.

Thomas is currently studying towards an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law.


South Carolina Bar (2012)


College of Charleston — B. A. (2009)

University of South Carolina School of Law — J.D. (2012)

Professional Associations/Awards

South Carolina Bar (Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section; Elder Law Committee: Chair, Elder Law Month and Public Education Sub-Committee; Chair, Guardianship and Conservatorship Sub-Committee)

American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)

Richland County Bar Association

Columbia Estate Planning Council

Columbia Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Columbia – Class of 2017

Columbia Business Monthly – 2015 Midlands Legal Elite-Tax/Estate Planning

Columbia Business Monthly – 2018 Midlands Legal Elite-Tax/Estate Planning

Columbia Business Monthly – 2019 Midlands Legal Elite-Tax/Estate Planning


Presenter, “Elder Law Issues,” The Laurie Center, May, 2016

Presenter, “Wills, Estates, & Probate,” The Laurie Center, September, 2016

Presenter, “Estate Planning: Advanced Gifting Strategies and Testamentary Planning & Asset Protection Planning and Charitable Planning,” Half Moon Seminars, October, 2016

Presenter, “The Probate Process From Start to Finish: Putting The Case To Rest: Closing The Estate,” National Business Institute, February, 2017

Presenter, “Trusts From A to Z: Simple Testamentary Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts,” National Business Institute, August, 2017

Presenter, “Probate Bootcamp: Marshalling/Valuing Assets,” National Business Institute, February, 2018

Co-Presenter, “The Role of Attorney and Role of the Guardian Ad Litem,” Richland County Probate Court – Guardianship and Conservatorship Code Training, December 14, 2018

Presenter, “Ethics: Mental Health and Our Community/GC Code Changes,” Chester County Probate Court – 2019 Guardianship/Conservatorship Seminar, September 20, 2019


Phone:  803-254-7091

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Helpful Links

Richland County Probate Court

Lexington County Probate Court

Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging

South Carolina Bar