Estates

Out-of-State Property in North Carolina Probate

Posted on: January 24th, 2017
The executor must inventory and evaluate all personal property, vehicles, and assets that pass through probate. However, if the decedent held property outside of North Carolina, those assets must follow the laws present in the alternate jurisdiction....

Possible Tax Items to Expect With Trump Adminstration

Posted on: December 12th, 2016
Have you reviewed the proposed tax changes under the forthcoming Trump Administration? Read on to learn what is expected to change within the first 100 days following inauguration....

3 Errors North Carolina Executors Might Encounter Without Legal Counsel

Posted on: November 21st, 2016
When it comes to legal matters, it’s not in the executor’s best interest nor the best interest of the estate or its beneficiaries to rely on a DIY effort. The most important issue executors should understand is that executors are held personally responsible for probate errors and mistakes, regardless if the blunder was unintentional....

NC Marriage Ruled Valid Despite Lack of Marriage License: How This Affects Estates

Posted on: September 30th, 2016
North Carolina courts denied a wife’s claim to her spousal share since no marriage license existed. However, the wife filed an appeal, and the appellate court judge ruled that the absence of a marriage license does not invalidate a marriage, thus allowing the wife to claim a spousal share....

Updating Revocable Trusts in North Carolina

Posted on: September 29th, 2016
Updates to one’s revocable trust may be made by an amendment or a complete restatement. An amendment updates a specific part of the trust, while a restatement updates the entire trust. ...

Overview of North Carolina’s Digital Assets Act

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law over the summer of 2016 that allows digital account holders to provide a fiduciary with authority to manage their digital assets. The Act modifies various provisions of North Carolina statutes to conform to the new law, including the North Carolina power of attorney form....

Creditor Notification Requirements for Executors in NC

Posted on: August 9th, 2016
Creditor notification is a mandatory part of probate in every state, but the process varies in each jurisdiction. In North Carolina, executors must follow several statutes in regards to the timing, distribution and placement, and transmission of notices to creditors....

Creditor Claims Against Decedents in North Carolina

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015
One of the many responsibilities executors have is ensuring that the decedent’s debts are satisfied. Creditor claims against estates in North Carolina generally fall into categories of priority. The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts provides the Order of Priority of Claims in Estate Procedures: Property liens up to the amount of the property...

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Blackwater Suit

Posted on: March 1st, 2007
On February 26, 2007, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the wrongful death case against the North Carolina private security firm Blackwater Security Consulting, LLC filed by the estates of four of its employees killed in Iraq in 2004. ...

North Carolina Intestacy Calculator

Posted on: May 31st, 2006
​"Intestacy" refers to how a person’s property is distributed if he or she dies without a will. Pennsylvania attorney Kurt Nilson has created a web-based calculator for determine how an intestate estate will be distributed under North Carolina law....