Does Your Will Waive Bond for the Executor?

Posted on: January 5th, 2010
The following is a guest post by Chris Birk of, which also publishes the Surety Bond Insider:...

I Inherited Real Estate – Where’s My Deed?

Posted on: October 6th, 2009
I often have clients ask about "getting a deed" when they inherit real property. My response is usually "you don’t need one." In North Carolina, in most cases, no deed is necessary to transfer and evidence ownership of inherited real estate. ...

When NOT to use a Living Trust

Posted on: October 6th, 2009
Practically every day, I discuss with clients the pros and cons of revocable living trusts. In my opinion, the positives generally far outweigh the negatives, but living trusts don’t make sense for everyone. ...

Changes to Effect of Will Caveat on Probate Proceeding

Posted on: July 20th, 2009
Beginning October 1, 2009, when a lawsuit is filed to contest a Will (Caveat), the probate administration will no longer be fully suspended until the caveat is resolved. ...

Phishing for Probate

Posted on: July 28th, 2008
Today I received an email message that reads as follows: Good Day, My name is Sarah Brown. I work as an executive partner for the firm Mayer Brown Watford...

Mediation in NC Estate and Guardianship Matters

Posted on: September 26th, 2007
Clerks of Court, the ex officio judges of probate and guardianship matters in North Carolina Counties, can now order mediation in those cases....
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