Cerene O. Setliff

Cerene joined Blanco Tackabery in 2013 bringing considerable previous litigation experience. With her accounting background, she offers special insights and unique experience to her clients.

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Areas of Focus

  • Commercial finance
  • Lending and workouts
  • Business acquisitions
  • Commercial real estate
  • Commercial leasing
  • Real estate title
  • Estate Planning
  • Renewable Energy

Cerene started her legal career with a litigation firm for over two years before joining Blanco Tackabery. She served as an Articles Editor for the Wake Forest Law Review while in law school. She has prior experience in public accounting, working with closely held businesses and high net worth individuals. Cerene is an Army veteran and also a CPA in North Carolina.

Cerene has helped a variety of individuals and businesses with estate planning and tax matters. Practice highlights include:

  • Prepared basic documents including Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney
  • Structured limited liability companies for use in asset protection and estate tax planning
  • Formed not-for-profit entities and assisted those entities in obtaining tax exempt status
  • Assisted charities in reinstating tax exempt status and obtaining penalty waivers
  • Negotiated trust administration issues between income and remainder beneficiaries
  • Prepared business succession plans for a small, closely held businesses to ensure continuity for employees and family members in the event the owners are unable to continue managing business operations
  • Supervised the estate administration process
  • Handled elective share claim for a disinherited spouse
  • Submitted private letter rulings to the North Carolina Department of Revenue on complex tax issues
  • Communicated with the tax authorities on behalf of clients on issues ranging from basic compliance and penalty waiver requests to more complicated issues such as partnership allocations and tax credit eligibility
  • Serves as Secretary on the Friends of Sherwood Forest Board of Directors