April D. Wise

Shareholder

150 South Perry Street (36104)
Post Office Box 2069 (36102)
Montgomery, Alabama

p: (334) 241-8096

f: (334) 241-8296

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Education:

J.D., magna cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 2008

B.A., cum laude, Auburn University, 2004

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 2008

Honors and Awards

Symposium Editor, Cumberland Law Review

Fellow, Abraham Caruthers

Cumberland School of Law Dean's Merit Scholarship

Scholar of Merit for Civil Procedure I, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Alabama Trial Practice and Procedure

Rotary International Presidential Citation

Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow

Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Golden Key Honor Society

Pi Lambda Sigma

Treasurer, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

April Dunaway Wise concentrates her practice in the area of estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, and special needs planning.  She also handles other probate court matters including guardianships, conservatorships, and adoptions.  April received her bachelor’s degree in accounting, cum laude, from Auburn University in 2004 and her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law in 2008.  A native of Enterprise, Alabama, April served on the Editorial Board of the Cumberland Law Review as the Symposium Editor and served as an Abraham Caruthers Fellow for Cumberland’s Legal Research and Writing program.  While in law school, April also served as President of the Christian Legal Society.

In addition to the practice of law, April has served as an adjunct professor at Auburn University Montgomery, where she taught Estate Planning to upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. April actively serves in numerous civic organizations, including the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club, in which she has previously served as president. April is a member of the Montgomery Emerge Torchbearers Leadership Class IV.

Publications and Lectures

National Business Institute Seminar – Estate Administration: Top Mistakes to Avoid – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Inventory, Appraisement and Creditor Claim Pitfalls and Distribution, Final Accounting, and Estate Closing Mistakes

National Business Institute Seminar – Estate Administration from Start to Finish– Presenter and Author of Written Material on Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues, Initial Steps to the Estate Administration Process, and Commencement of Proceedings and Information

Alabama Law Weekly Webinar – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Probate Inventory, Valuations, Accounting, and Creditor Claim Obstacles

Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Education – Co-author of Written Material on Pros and Cons of Revocable Trusts in Alabama and the UTC

Alabama Banker’s Association 74th Annual Continuing Education Trust Seminar – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Another Tool in the Special Needs Planning Toolbox: ABLE Accounts

Montgomery Estate Planning Council September Meeting – Presenter and Author of Written Materials on The Nuts and Bolts of the ABLE Act

National Business Institute Seminar – Asset-Based Guide to Probate - Presenter and Author of Written Material on The Probate Process, Asset-Based Guide to Probate

Montgomery Area Down Syndrome Group Presentations – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Special Needs Planning, Guardianships, and ABLE Accounts

Montgomery Capital Rotary Club – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Alabama National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Whitfield United Methodist Church Estate Planning Seminar – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Electric Cooperative Estate Planning Seminar – Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Women In Construction Estate Planning Seminar - Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Emerge Young Professional Estate Planning Seminars - Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

Stern Agee Women’s Seminar - Presenter and Author of Written Material on Estate Planning

April Dunaway Wise, Analysis of the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act: the Changes, the Reasons, the Differences, the Planning, and the Unresolved, Alabama State Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Section

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Montgomery Capital Rotary Club: Past President

Montgomery Estate Planning Council: Secretary/Treasurer

Saint James School Board of Trustees

Academy of Special Needs Planners

Cumberland Law Review: Symposium Editor

River Region Women In Business

ABA Operation Standby for Military Legal Assistance Attorneys

Montgomery Mayor’s Young Professional Council

Alabama State Bar

American Bar Association

Cumberland School of Law Christian Legal Society: Past President

Montgomery Area Down Syndrome Group: Past Board Member and Speaker

Montgomery Emerge Torchbearers Leadership Class IV

Montgomery Junior League

Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program

Salvation Army Bell Ringer: Annual Volunteer

Alpha Omicron Pi Social Sorority

Vaughn Forest Baptist Church Capital Campaign Chair and GA Mission Teacher

Wills for Heroes Volunteer