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Estate & Trust Planning & Administration

Not just good plans, great results

Making informed decisions about your estate is not easy. You need to balance short-term needs for asset growth and protection with long-term wealth transfer objectives. You also need to decide who will get what, and how to minimize — and cover — estate and wealth transfer taxes.

That’s why you need the guidance of experienced professionals like those at Yount, Hyde & Barbour. Our Family Wealth Services Team has decades of experience in helping successful individuals develop and implement asset protection, trust, and estate plans that enable you to achieve your goals and maximize what beneficiaries receive.

In addition to a thorough knowledge of estate planning strategies, the various kinds of trusts, and the laws governing wealth transfer, YHB has a full understanding of the role family dynamics play in estate planning and administration. So we excel in working through differences and arriving at solutions that everyone involved can agree with.

We don’t just help you draft good plans. We help you implement them by coordinating our work with that of your attorney, investment manager, insurance agent, and other advisors, so you get the results you’re after. And if you need service of a type that one of us cannot provide, we can draw on our extensive community of professional contacts to obtain it.

Our estate and trust services include:

  • Planning and administration, including preparing annual tax returns
  • Estate settlement, including asset valuation
  • Counseling or serving as trustee or executor
  • Gifting and charitable contributions planning
  • Retirement distribution planning
  • Business succession and family succession planning
  • Creating family limited partnerships (FLPs) and family limited liability corporations (FLLCs)
  • Educating family members in wealth management

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Krystal McCants
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Krystal McCants
CPA
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About Krystal

Krystal is a 2003 Virginia Tech graduate and joined YHB in 2020. She has over fifteen years of public accounting experience working with and advising high net worth individuals, trusts, and closely held businesses. Krystal specializes in income tax planning, compliance, and review. She serves as an advisor to her clients by providing tax guidance and business planning strategies.

Giving Back

Since joining the industry Krystal has held several leadership roles in the VSCPA. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the VSCPA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advisory council and also on the planning committee for the AICPA Engage conference. In 2020, Krystal was honored to be named one of the Washington DC Metro Area’s Top CPA’s by Washingtonian Magazine for the 4th time and was also voted as a Top Financial Professional by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2019.

Approach

To help clients develop effective tax strategies, Krystal takes extra measures to learn about their future plans, circumstances, and needs, particularly any that may require special tax or financial strategies. She takes the time to listen and develop a full understanding of clients goals and how to achieve them. After assisting with plan implementation, Krystal keeps in contact throughout the year to help clients stay on top of their finances and make sure their plans are on track.

 
Elaine Cain
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Elaine Cain
CPA
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About Elaine

A Frederick County native, Elaine has been with Yount Hyde Barbour since beginning her accounting career in 1994. She holds a B.B.A. degree as well as a Master of Science degree, both from James Madison University. She is a member of several organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Healthy Families of Northern Shenandoah Valley and the Winchester Kiwanis Club.

Experience

As the leader of our Family Wealth Services Team, she provides comprehensive tax, estate, trust, and gift planning and advisory services to wealthy families and individuals. Elaine also has extensive experience in conducting audits and providing tax compliance and consulting services to nonprofits and governmental entities.

Expertise

One of Elaine’s greatest strengths is her ability to explain financial matters in terms non-accountants can understand, and to proactively inform YHB clients of developments that may affect them. In addition, she has a thorough understanding of estate planning issues, as well as a proven ability to work with family dynamics. As a result, she can meet the full range of a client’s tax and estate planning needs, from serving as a trustee and managing finances to helping with business succession planning. She is especially good at helping clients get caught up with past-due tax returns.

Approach

To help clients develop effective tax and estate plans, Elaine takes extra measures to learn about their goals, circumstances, and needs, particularly any that may require special financial strategies. She strives to come to a full understanding of family relationships and issues that may affect the planning process, and to work through them to achieve consensus about the plans she helps develop. After assisting with plan implementation, Elaine keeps in contact throughout the year to help clients stay on top of their finances and make sure their plans are on track.

Other Interests

Elaine enjoys family vacations, particularly to Disney World, and spending time with her husband, daughter and son. Her hobbies include shopping for and collecting antique Nippon ceramics, and riding motorcycles.

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James Snyder
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About Jim

Jim began his career at YHB in 1989 with a B.S. degree in accounting from James Madison University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Loudoun County Salvation Army, and Treasurer of the Loudoun Small Business Development Center. He also serves as a Board Member of the James Madison University School of Accounting Guiding Executive (SAGE).

Experience

He is experienced in providing income and estate planning services, business consulting, and estate and trust administration services to successful individuals in many professions, especially engineering, law, technology and real estate. He also provides strategic guidance and planning for clients involved in stock option transactions and wealth transfer. At YHB, Jim is the principal in charge of our IT systems, serves on the firm’s Retirement Plan Committee and is heavily involved in training staff. He primarily works out of our Leesburg office.

Expertise

As an advisor to many prosperous families, Jim specializes in helping clients integrate tax planning with investment decision-making to achieve their financial objectives. He is particularly proficient in trust and estate administration and taxation, and in developing tax-saving asset protection and wealth transfer plans. In addition to advising clients about the financial aspects of estate planning and administration, Jim provides empathetic support for dealing with the family issues involved.

Approach

In serving clients, Jim above all looks for different ways to provide value. To this end, he takes a team approach characterized by a high level of communication and responsiveness, so if he personally is not available to answer questions or help with an issue, another member of our firm will be. Also, he employs ProfitCents software to analyze a client’s financial situation and identify areas where there are issues or opportunities for improvement. He then advises clients about steps they can take to more fully achieve their objectives.

Other Interests

Jim enjoys gardening, hiking and being outdoors with his wife and two daughters, as well as serving as a Youth Ministries volunteer at his church.

Alex Fleming
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Alex Fleming
CPA, PFS
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About Alex

Alex Fleming graduated from Lynchburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in May 2008.  He interned with YHB right after graduation and then joined the firm as a full-time professional the following year in August 2009.  During that interim year, he studied for and passed all four parts of the CPA exam and joined the AICPA and VSCPA.  Alex began his YHB career with the bank audit team but has transitioned to the tax department out of the Middleburg office.  He now specializes in complex tax planning and compliance for individuals, estate, trusts, private foundations, and privately-held companies.  Alex has also obtained the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certification from the AICPA in September 2017.

Alex is a native of Loudoun County, specifically the Middleburg area.  He is an active board member for the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, the Hill School Alumni Association, and the Piedmont Child Care Center.  He, his wife, and two sons now live near Warrenton with their two dogs.

Joshua C. Kerr-Hobert
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Joshua C. Kerr-Hobert
CPA
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About Josh

Josh began his career at YHB in 1999, after earning a B.B.A. from the College of William & Mary. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and a previous member of the Blue Ridge Kiwanis.

Experience

Josh has provided income tax and advisory services to a broad range of business and individual clients with complex needs for 18 years.  He has worked his entire career at YHB, having spent his first 12 years in the Winchester office and the last 6 years in the Middleburg office.  In addition to serving clients, Josh provides mentoring and training for YHB staff members and is a member of the firm’s Human Resources Committee.

Expertise

Josh specializes in helping individuals implement strategies that minimize their income tax liabilities and achieve their personal and business financial objectives. As a professional certified in strategy and performance management, he also excels in empowering business owners with information and insight that improves their decision-making process, maximizes their profitability and gives them a better sense of where they want to go and how to get there.

Josh is proud to provide his clients with the following solutions:

∙ Income tax planning and compliance for individuals and businesses
∙ Bill payment, financial reporting, and budgeting
∙ Vendor billing oversight including large projects such as home construction
∙ Wealth transfer planning
∙ Charitable contribution planning and tracking
∙ Private foundation administrative support services
∙ Equine business tax and consulting services including audit support
∙ Tax credit consulting services
∙ Document storage including client portal facilitation

Approach

Josh focuses on helping clients achieve peace of mind.  His service approach is customized for each client, resulting in close and highly individualized working relationships.  Josh takes pride in making complex financial matters easier to understand, in order to help clients with financial decision making and achievement of their goals and objectives.

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Derek McCarty
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Derek McCarty
CPA
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About Derek

Derek began his career in accounting with YHB in 2011 after a graduating with a B.S. in accounting from Shepherd University.  Derek became a licensed CPA in 2013.  He is a member of multiple organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the President of the Tri-State Estate Planning Council.

Experience

As a member of the firm’s Family Legacy Services team, Derek has developed an in-depth understanding of individual, trust, estate and business taxation.   Derek stays up-to-date with the latest trends and regulations, regularly attending courses specifically designed towards matters affecting his clients.  Derek also assists with providing tax training and ongoing mentoring to YHB staff members.

EXPERTISE

Derek specializes in assisting individual and corporate fiduciaries with complex trust/estate tax and compliance related issues. In addition, he excels in providing individuals and business owners with sound tax and business planning, taking into consideration their unique concerns and issues. Aside from providing tax and compliance services, Derek also manages the firm’s fiduciary examination engagements for local financial institutions.

APPROACH

In order to best serve his client’s, Derek takes the time to fully comprehend the client’s situation and concerns.  He then works closely with the client and other YHB industry leaders to develop a thorough strategy that works in the client’s best interest.  Derek also takes the time to ensure the client understands the strategy and to makes sure the client is both comfortable and satisfied with his recommendations.