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Katharine B. Buchanan

Katharine B. Buchanan

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Kate Buchanan has helped many Triangle Area families with estate planning. Given Kate’s experience in university development and philanthropy, it is no surprise that her practice also includes helping individuals and families with charitable giving. After several years of practice with Walker Lambe, PLLC, Kate now serves as the Assistant Dean for Alumni & Development for the Duke University School of Law but also continues to serve private clients. Kate’s practice is concentrated in the areas of tax law, estate planning, estate administration, tax-exempt organizations, and charitable gift planning. Kate’s passion is education, and like all of her colleagues at Walker Lambe, PLLC, she is known for her talent of educating clients about the complex issues involved in estate planning and asset management.
Kate Buchanan was born and raised in Boulder County, Colorado. She worked for several years as a major and planned gift officer for both the University of Colorado and Virginia Tech before attending law school. Kate has been a frequent professional speaker on topics relating to charitable giving.

Practice Areas


  • University of Virginia School of Law
    Juris Doctor, 2001
    Dillard Fellow, Legal Writing & Research Program
    Member, Management Board, the Virginia Tax Review
  • Duke University
    Bachelor of Arts, 1992


  • North Carolina


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council
  • North Carolina Planned Giving Council



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