James B. Drennan, III

James B. Drennan, III


James B. Drennan, III

Areas of Focus


Jim has been a certified specialist in estate planning and probate law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina since the inception of this specialty area. He focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate administration and litigation pertaining to probate and trust matters.

In his probate litigation work, Jim has successfully challenged wills which were affected by incapacity/or undue influence and he has also successfully defended wills which had been challenged by heirs. 

Jim has over 53 years’ experience representing clients in estate planning and probate administration. His client list is long and varied. He enjoys assisting clients and derives great satisfaction from helping people.

Bar Admissions

South Carolina, 1964


University of South Carolina, A.B., 1961, LL.B. 1964

Professional Memberships and Achievements

South Carolina Bar

  • Board of Governors, 2004-2007
  • Chairman, Estate Practices Committee, 1975-1980
  • Chairman, Section on Probate, Estate Planning and Trusts, 1980-1981, 1992-1993
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board, State of South Carolina, Member 1982-1987, Chairman 1987
  • Board of Law Examiners, Member 1997-2000
  • Certified State Court Mediator
  • Certified Specialist, Estate Planning and Probate Law, The Supreme Court of South Carolina
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 1991 to present
  • Listed, South Carolina Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate, 2008 - 2017
  • Estate Planning Council of Spartanburg

Meet Jim

Jim enjoys reading, playing tennis and regular trips to the South Carolina coast, where he and his wife, Dot, have a vacation home. They also enjoy traveling and most particularly, trips to New Orleans for the annual Jazz Fest.

Jim and Dot have three children, all of whom own businesses in Spartanburg. He has five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Community Involvement

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Member
  • Country Club of Spartanburg, Member and former President


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