Estate, Trust & Probate Blog

How Does A Revocable Living Trust Work?

July 19, 2021

In recent years, revocable trusts have become a preferred method in estate planning to a regular one-time Will or irrevocable trust. Although revocable trusts in North Carolina are similar to a Will in that they both make a plan for how your estate is handled in the event of your death, the revocable trust has additional benefits. If the grantor is incapacitated, a revocable trust can be changed or canceled, which provides flexibility in the case a change is warranted – this is a huge advantage over the more traditional irrevocable trusts or Wills. If you need help with estate…

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Kids Going Away To College? Why You Should Include Estate Planning in the Preparation

July 15, 2021

You may have been running around for weeks, getting your new college student off to school. It’s exhilarating, and your heart likely is bursting at the seams. You’re probably prouder than you can say, but you’re a little afraid, too. How can you make sure your kid is going to be safe at school, so far away from home? A new Bed Bath and Beyond matching sheet set for the dorm sounds great, but it just doesn’t seem like quite enough, does it? So what else can you do? Actually, there is something, probably not yet on your to-do list,…

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Legal Guardianships And Incompetency In North Carolina

June 22, 2021

Guardianship is a process which establishes a legal relationship between a capable adult, agency, or qualified organization and an incompetent person, in order to protect that person. The guardian represents a person in decision-making when they are unable to make decisions on their own. The North Carolina Judicial Branch defines it as “a legal relationship in which a person is appointed by the court to make decisions and act on behalf of a person who does not have adequate capacity to make such decisions involving the management of personal affairs, property, or both.”  The role of a guardian can fluctuate…

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What Is An Advance Medical Directive?

June 8, 2021

For most of us, it is our goal to live our entire life being able to make decisions around health care and more on our own, but unfortunately, that does not always happen.  If you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make your own medical decisions, who would you like to be able to make decisions on your behalf? What are your preferences as far as the types of medical care you would like to receive? Do you want to donate your organs? The answers to these questions and more are what advance medical directives are intended to resolve. Advance…

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What To Do After A Death: A North Carolina Executor’s Checklist

May 25, 2021

While estate administration after the death of a loved one is not something to look forward to, it may be required in most instances. A comprehensive estate plan helps to protect the wishes of the decedent, streamline the administration of the decedent’s estate and protect the rights of beneficiaries. In North Carolina, as is in other states, a decedent’s estate must be properly administered before being transferred to the new owners. What is Probate and is it Necessary in North Carolina? “Probate” is actually the act of the Court accepting a Will as valid.  However, it has become common to…

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