Posted on April 28, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

3 Things Living Trusts Won’t Control

Trusts can help to minimize an estate tax burden and allow the trust grantor to retain control and flexibility. While trusts may serve as a powerful estate planning tool, there are some aspects that a living trust will not control. […]

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

What To Do if You Inherit an Out-of-State Home

If a property owner has not proactively and wisely planned for multiple properties in their estate plan, or if they have no estate plan in place, properties could be at risk of creditor claims, which is one of the many challenges heirs face. […]

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

Our estate planning attorneys in Chapel Hill look at a few demographics that some might consider are not in need of a plan and discuss why these segments of our society would in fact benefit from an estate plan. […]

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

New Larger Tax Deduction for LTC Insurance

The unpredictable rises in LTC insurance costs make it difficult for individuals to forecast and plan. However, there are a few tax deductions available. Plus, the IRS recently announced an increase for the federal LTC insurance deduction in the 2016 tax year. […]

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Raleigh Now Has #2 Fastest-Growing Senior Population

Raleigh now has the second fastest-growing population of seniors in the United States. The growing number of seniors in the Triangle region not only triggers a strain on residential spaces like assisted living facilities, but it also prompts a burgeoning need for elder law discussions. […]

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Does Your Executor Live Out-of-State?

Not all family members and trusted friends live nearby. North Carolina law does not require an executor be a resident of the state. However, there are certain restrictions the state imposes on out-of-state executors. […]

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

The Stress and Responsibilities Required of Executors

Individuals who choose to accept the role of executor, or personal representative, of a loved one’s estate have more to manage than mere financial matters. […]

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Free Gun Trust Seminar on April 4th in Chapel Hill

TrustCounsel's Chapel Hill gun trust attorney Greg Herman-Giddens leads a free seminar about ATF 41F on April 4th. […]

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Discussing Inheritances With Children

Starting discussions during one’s lifetime about how personal items, collectibles, and assets will pass on can help to prevent conflicts after death. Surviving children might feel less inclined to contest a will if they understand that a parent’s wishes match the instructions in the will. […]

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Refusing to Serve as Executor in North Carolina

Many people might feel proud to be selected to serve as executor of a loved one’s estate. However, sometimes the person appointed as executor has no interest in fulfilling their duties. […]

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