Angelia Nystrom concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, fiduciary administration, charitable planning, and probate administration. She counsels individuals on estate planning and charitable gift planning matters and represents fiduciaries on trust administration and probate matters. She also advises tax-exempt organizations on a variety of corporate governance and tax-related matters, including tax deductibility of gifts, receipting and best practices.
Angelia has extensive experience in both legal and tax-exempt foundation matters and has:
- Represented clients in the development and coordination of estate plans, including succession planning for multiple generations, coordination of charitable and family gifts, creation of business entities to protect family ownership, ensure continuity of management and provide an efficient means of making gifts, and pre- and post-nuptial planning.
- Drafted documents to reduce and defer federal estate tax liability, protect family assets threatened by issues such as heirs with dependency, creditor or immaturity problems, and provide for beneficiaries with special needs.
- Handled the probate of wills and administration of estates, and has represented estates and trusts in negotiating and litigating family conflicts and disputes with third parties, and represented parties in conservatorship proceedings.
- Represented corporations and other businesses in a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, leasing and finance, and other business-related filings.
Angelia is the current Chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and has been a member of its Board since 2015. She is the three-time Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Probate Section and has served as President of both the Knoxville Estate Planning Council and the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council. She received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2014 for her work as producer of the Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors, 2014 Edition.
Angelia is a frequent contributor to the Knoxville Bar Association’s DICTA, and her columns have been published as a hard-cover book, Legal Ease and Life Hacks: Essays on Pursuits of Excellence.
In her spare time, Angelia enjoys floral arranging and is a member of the Knoxville Garden Club. She is active in a number of swimming-related organizations, where serves as President of the Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association (GKAISA) and on the Board of Tennessee Aquatics and University Swim Club.
Angelia is married to former Knox County Commission Chair Hugh Nystrom, and they have a son, Trace, who is a student at the Webb School of Knoxville.
Western New England University College of Law
LLM in Estate Planning and Elder Law: May 2014
Honors: Outstanding Graduate, 4.0 GPA.
Walter F. George School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence: May 1993
Honors: George Woodruff Full-Tuition Scholarship for Academic Excellence; Dean’s List.
University of Tennessee College of Law
Visiting Scholar: 1992-1993
Honors: Dean’s List.
Carson-Newman College (now Carson-Newman University)
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1989
Major: Political Science; Concentrations: Biology and Chemistry
Honors: Honor’s Program; Blue Key National Honor Society; Biology Honor Society; Philosophy Honor Society.
Tennessee Bar: Admitted 1993
United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee: Admitted 1994
United States Supreme Court: Admitted, December 2006
University of Tennessee Foundation
Tennessee Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Foundation
Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
Knoxville Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW)
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women
Knoxville Estate Planning Council
Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council
Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee