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William G. Newsome III


  • (T) 803.253.8268
  • (F) 803.727.1486

Billy Newsome practices in the areas of trust and estate administration and litigation, wealth transfer planning, taxation, and exempt organizations. He is a Certified Specialist in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

He represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in complex estate and trust administration. Fiduciaries and beneficiaries also call on Billy to assist them with estate and trust litigation matters.  He also assists high net-worth individuals and business owners with structuring their estate plans and business succession plans.

He also represents tax-exempt organizations and assists them in complying with the myriad rules applicable to 501(c)(3) organizations. Additionally, he provides general tax and business advice to individuals and businesses.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of Florida School of Law, LL.M.(Taxation), 1992
  • Francis Marion College, B.S. in Economics, 1988
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church 
  • Providence Hospital Development Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates (Columbia), 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trust and Estates (2008-present)
  • Certified Specialist in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate Law by the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • South Carolina Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board Member (2008-2013, Chair 2011-2013)
  • Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate Law (2010-present)
  • Greater Columbia Business Monthly's “Legal Elite of the Midlands” (2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Council Member for the Probate Estate Planning and Trust Section of the South Carolina Bar 2017-2020
  • Member of the Columbia Estate Planning Council
  • Nexsen Pruet Board of Directors (2008-2014)
  • Providence Hospitals Development Foundation Board Member
  • Oliver Gospel Mission Board of Directors (Past Chair/Former Board Member)
  • Family Connection of South Carolina Board of Directors (Former Board Member)
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church Elder
  • In 2005, The State Newspaper named Mr. Newsome as one of the 20 Under 40 Business Leaders in the Midlands
  • Leadership Columbia - Class of 1999


  • "Planning for a Fight:  What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Trust & Estate Litigation," presentation to the South Carolina Bar,  July 2016
  • "Client Alert: 2010 Tax Act Provides Portability to Reduce the Estate Taxes Paid by Couples" The IRS is offering a new way for surviving spouses to reduce their estate tax bill if their spouse passed away after December 31, 2010.
  • "Client Alert: The Taxation Treatment of Employer-Provided Cell Phones" The Internal Revenue Service has issued long-awaited guidance that clarifies the taxation treatment of employer-provided cell phones or other similar telecommunications equipment.
  • "Client Alert: A Low Cost Option to Voluntarily Reclassify Workers" In September, The IRS announced the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP), a voluntary initiative allowing taxpayers the opportunity to change the prospective classification of their workers at a low cost. Taxpayers seeking to apply to the VCSP for the fourth quarter of 2011 must act quickly to meet the initial deadlines set by the IRS.
  • "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Elective Share," presentation to the South Carolina Bar, 2001

"Growing up in a small southern town that sees snow once every five years or so, I am not sure how I became a snow skier, but I’m hooked.  I didn’t take it up as a hobby until after adulthood, so you won’t catch me skiing backwards through the trees.  I have enjoyed introducing my wife and daughters to the sport and we’ve enjoyed family trips skiing with good friends."

"One of my childhood friends invited a group of us out to Montana to ski in conjunction with our 20 year high school reunion.  Somehow we convinced our wives that it should become an annual guys trip, so now every year we take a long weekend and ski somewhere new and different.  We’ve skied Big Sky, Moonlight Basin,  Bridger Bowl, Vail, Steamboat, Breckenridge, Park City, Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Telluride, Whistler—just to name a few.  Getting together every year with guys I went to kindergarten and cub scouts with seems to keep life in perspective.  That and the skiing . . ."

Billy Newsome Outside NP