Estate Planning in Charleston, SC

Firm Profile

The Law Firm of Cynthia Ann O’Dell, P.C. is devoted to estate planning and elder law. The firm provides estate planning and related legal services to clients of all ages.

About Cynthia O’Dell

Cynthia O’Dell devotes her practice to meeting the estate planning and elder law needs of her clients. Ms. O’Dell is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to her clients and to informing the public about important legal issues.


Cynthia O’Dell graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1988. Ms. O’Dell is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator and is an Advocate of the National Academy of Advocacy.

Professional Experience

After completing law school, Ms. O’Dell served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Tom J. Ervin, Chief Administrative Judge, Tenth Judicial District. She then practiced asbestos and breast implant litigation with the law firm of Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole, PA. In 1996, Ms. O’Dell established her own law firm. She is admitted to practice in all South Carolina courts, U.S. Federal Court, is a Certified Mediator and a Hearing Officer for the South Carolina DHEC. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, the South Carolina Bar Association, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Wealth Counsel, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

About Skyla Preiser

Skyla Preiser

Skyla Preiser is the Paralegal who assists our clients navigating the probate and trust administration process.  

Born and raised in Western North Carolina, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of South Carolina.  She and her husband moved to Charleston in 2014.  She is a member of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.

Whether a person has a Will or a Trust, when a person dies, certain tasks must be done.   Whether a person does or does not have a Will, probate is required.   Depending on all of the facts and circumstances, probate can be simple or complex.   In all cases, the Probate Court is notified of someone’s death.   What kind of probate is required depends on the planning a person did during their lifetime.

We all strive to reduce unnecessary expense and hassle involved when handling the affairs required after someone passes away.  If you have any questions about probate or trust administration, call or email.

About Leslie Fitzhenry

As the Client Services Coordinator at The Law Firm of Cynthia Ann O’Dell, P.C., Leslie Fitzhenry devotes herself to providing excellent service to each client.  She is committed to helping make each person’s estate planning experience smooth, easy and thorough.  With her love for the written word, she is passionate about her roles of writing and editing at the firm.  

Leslie grew up with her four siblings in the West Ashley area of Charleston.  Because of her youngest sister, a bright, energetic little girl with Down syndrome and autism, she has developed an interest in special needs planning.  An accomplished violinist, Leslie performs regularly with her siblings and friends at retirement homes and various wedding and event venues all over Charleston and the southeast coastal areas.  She loves Charleston’s rivers, marshes, beaches and ocean as well as its historic downtown and variety of restaurants.  

Her enthusiasm for her work, dedication to excellence in every detail of client service, and genuine care for others makes her an integral part of the firm.