Probate

Beneficiary Designation Reminder

Posted on: March 25th, 2015
Beneficiary designation forms are an important way for account and asset owners to ensure the respective assets pass to the individuals of their choosing. Mistakes with beneficiary designations could result in serious loss – the testator’s wishes might not be carried out, surviving family might lose assets, and lengthy and costly probate might result. (Individuals...

Estate Planning Mistake: Forgetting to Fund

Posted on: December 19th, 2014
Many estate plans include a living trust, a tool that can be amended at any time during the trust creator’s life and becomes irrevocable upon their death. Even the most carefully planned and detailed estate plans could be at least partially ineffective if the trust creator fails to fund the trust....

Title Issues in North Carolina Estates: Joint Tenants

Posted on: October 31st, 2014
This post addresses the possible issues that may develop with one way of titling property: Joint Tenants with right of survivorship (JTWROS). ...

Chatham County, NC Estate Administration Changes

Posted on: July 15th, 2014
The Chatham County Clerk of Superior Court recently released updates to estate administration rules. We provide a link to the official changes to Estate Administration – General Rules Practices 2014. ...

Step-Parents and Step-Children in Estate Planning

Posted on: January 24th, 2014
Estate planning for blended families is critical to ensure that assets are distributed as intended. A spouse’s family members are not included under North Carolina intestacy laws. Without a will, individuals who die in the Tar Heel State may not effectively leave assets to non-blood relatives....

Mistakes in Beneficiary Designations

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014
Beneficiary designations are an important tool in estate planning – one must always remember that their terms trump the distributions provided in a decedent’s Will. Retirement accounts, life insurance, and other assets offer owners the power to entitle individuals to these assets upon the owner’s death. Errors could cost a surviving family member their expected share of a loved one’s estate, pass assets to an unintended party, incite family conflict, or cause unnecessary tax burdens for beneficiaries....
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