Greenville, SC

(864) 242-4080

(864) 242-5758

vmcgough@merlineandmeacham.com

Verne helps people take care of their families through personalized estate planning, represents individuals and businesses in tax controversy and tax collection matters, and assists professionals and small businesses in tax efficient corporate planning and transactions.

Verne leads the firms Columbia, South Carolina office. He and his wife, Marie, have three children and are active members of First Baptist Church.

Education
  • LL.M. in Taxation – Boston University (2007)
  • J.D. - University of South Carolina (2006)
  • Int’l M.B.A. – University of South Carolina (2006)
  • B.A. - Appalachian State University (2002)
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (Fellow)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • South Carolina Bar - Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section (Member)
  • Tax Law Section (Member-Past Chairperson)
  • Greenville County Bar Association (Member)
  • Greenville Estate Planning Council (Member)
  • Greenville County Estate Planning Study Group (Member)
Awards & Honors
  • Legal Elite of the Midlands, Columbia Business Monthly (2013-2016 - Tax Law, Tax and Estate Law, Estate and Trust Law, and Corporate Law Categories)
Publications
  • "Asset Protection for South Carolina Estate Planners", South Carolina Bar Convention (2018)
  • "Business Tax Items from Tax Reform”, S.C. Association of CPA’s (2018)
  • "Internal Revenue Code § 6672: The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty”, Upstate S.C. Chapter of the American Payroll Association (2016, 2010)
  • "Estate Planning Basics”, ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (2015)
  • "Tax Repercussions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2014)
  • "Grantor Trusts”, National Business Institute (2013)
  • "Who Me? Tax Collections from Non-Taxpayers”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2013)
  • "Practical Pointers and Pitfalls in Negotiated Acquisitions”, Greenville County Bar Association (2012)
  • "Important Provisions of the Health Care Reform Bill for Small Business Owners”, Piedmont Chapter of the S.C. Association of CPA’s (2010)
  • "Hot Topics in Estate Planning”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2008)