Probate

Locate a Will: Access a Safe-Deposit Box in North Carolina

Posted on: December 11th, 2013
In addition to in-home fireproof safes, a common place for families to store important documents is a safe-deposit box at their bank. A Will, titles to real property and vehicles, life insurance policy information, trust paperwork, and other critical documents may be inside....

First Steps for Executors in North Carolina

Posted on: December 10th, 2013
In most cases of estate administration in North Carolina, an executor is aware of their appointment before the decedent passes away. Occasionally, an individual only learns they are the executor of an estate after a close friend or family member dies. ...

NC Estate Changes for Surviving Spouses Effective October 2013

Posted on: June 24th, 2013
In June 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 279, a bill amending matters concerning estates, trusts, powers of attorney, and guardianship. ...

What is an Heir Search Firm?

Posted on: June 10th, 2013
When an individual dies without a surviving spouse, siblings, parents, descendants, or named beneficiaries, their estate still needs to be distributed. ...

Why You Should Update Your Beneficiaries

Posted on: April 24th, 2013
Neglecting to update beneficiaries, or failing to name them, may leave life insurance and retirement accounts to unintended recipients, create probate expenses, and cause tax problems. ...

Can I Inherit Debt in North Carolina?

Posted on: March 29th, 2013
North Carolina estate planning discussions usually put an individual’s assets under the microscope. What trusts would avoid taxes best? How much should be designated for charitable contributions? ...
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