Sherwood C. “Chris” Henderson

Chris was born in New Bern, N.C., on September 15, 1970. Chris graduated from Davidson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. He attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and received his law degree in 1996. Chris received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from the Villanova University School of Law in 1997.

Chris is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Chris is also licensed to practice in the State of Georgia, although currently on inactive status due to the location of his practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association and the Georgia State Bar.

Chris's practice is concentrated in the areas of tax, qualified retirement plans, estate planning, estate administration, business planning, corporations and limited liability companies. He was awarded the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credential through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) in November of 2008. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law as designated by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Chris was selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009.

Chris was a featured speaker at the 2010 Trust Advisors forum in Pinehurst, NC. The forum is held annually and sponsored by the Trust Education Foundation, Inc. of Campbell University.

Away from his practice, Chris enjoys playing soccer, long-distance running and coin collecting.



Recent cases/transactions of note:

  • Assisted numerous clients with the formation of business entities, including choice of entity, and tax and legal issues associated with formation and operation.
  • Assisted beneficiary of estate in petitioning Clerk of Court for hearing to remove Executor for default and misconduct.
  • Assisted Executor with filing Form 706 United States Estate Tax Return in order to make the Portability Election.
  • Assisted client with trust decanting matter pursuant to §NCGS 36C-8-816.1 .
  • Assisted medical practice with amendment and restatement of safe harbor §401(k) plan.
  • Assisted numerous clients with the drafting of wills (including estate tax planning), durable powers of attorney (including gifting powers), health care powers of attorney and living wills.