Probate

NC adopts law for Notice to Creditors when no probate required

Posted on: August 29th, 2009
While I generally counsel my clients to avoid probate by the use of living trusts or other methods, one useful aspect of probate is the provision for publishing a Notice to Creditors. Publishing such a notice in the paper and otherwise following the law allows a decedent’s creditors’ claims to be extinguished after about three months....

Spousal Year’s Allowance to Increase to $20,000

Posted on: July 18th, 2009
The "Years Allowance" for spouses is intended to provide support for a surviving spouse during the year after the death of the deceased spouse, and has priority over creditors claims and other beneficiaries. ...

Small Estate Amount to Increase by $10,000

Posted on: July 16th, 2009
Effective October 1, 2009 the threshold for small estate proceedings (often called Affidavit for/of Collection) under North Carolina General Statutes Section 28A-25-1 will increase to $20,000 for estates where there is no surviving spouse or he or she is not the sole heir, and $30,000 where the surviving spouse is the sole heir....

NC Changes Renunciation Laws

Posted on: June 12th, 2009
On June 1, 2009, Governor Perdue signed into law Session Law 2009-48, which, effective October 1, 2009, institutes substantial changes to to statutes dealing with renunciation of interests in property. ...

Another Reason to Avoid Probate in NC

Posted on: April 1st, 2009
The North Carolina Legislature is considering cuts of up to 24% in salaries of judicial system employees, which include Clerks of Court and their staff. ...

Attorney Sam Cooper Appointed as Chatham County Clerk

Posted on: January 29th, 2009
Janice Oldham, who has served as Chatham County’s Clerk of Superior Court for more than 30 years, is retiring at the end of this month. ...
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