Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, 2007
  • L.L.M, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2008
  • South Carolina, 2009
  • Arkansas, 2007
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2011
78 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Anne Kelley Russell

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Anne Kelley Russell offers her clients a wide range of estate planning and wealth transfer advice.  Primarily, she provides counsel to individuals and families who want to ensure that their wishes are followed in the event of a serious illness or death.  In doing so, Russell reviews and drafts simple and sophisticated wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills for her clients based on their needs.  When applicable, Russell advises clients on estate and gift tax planning to accomplish the efficient transfer of wealth to the next generation. 

Russell petitions the probate court on behalf of clients who seek the positions of court-appointed guardian and conservator for their incapacitated loved ones, and continues to counsel those individuals after receiving their court appointments.  She also represents clients who serve as agent under a power of attorney. 

Russell has significant experience advising fiduciaries of estates and trusts on the probate and distribution of assets, the preparation and filing of fiduciary income and estate tax returns, and general estate and trust administration.  She also represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in will contests, spousal elective share petitions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and trust modifications.


  • Speaker, 2020 South Carolina Bar Convention, "Effective Use of Transfer on Death (TOD) and Payable on Death (POD)", January 24, 2020
  • Panel Participant, 2014 ABA Joint Fall CLE Meeting — "Pre-Death and Post-Death Estate Planning for Closely Held Businesses"
  • Presentation, February, 2014, to South Carolina Association of Probate Judges, "Estate Tax Update"

Of Note

  • Director, The Children's Center, Inc., located in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • President, Hilton Head Area Council of Estate and Financial Advisors
  • Secretary, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Foundation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Real Property Trust & Estates Section
    • Co-Chair, Insurance & Financial Planning Committee
    • Member, CLE Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Probate Estate Planning and Trust Section
    • Council Member (July 2015 - June 2018)