North Carolina Small Estates Administration

Posted on: May 19th, 2017
Executors may discover throughout the course of estate administration that the value of the estate falls within North Carolina’s statutory threshold for small estates. For qualifying estates, the law provides a means for heirs to receive the decedent’s property with minimal or no probate administration....

Inherited IRA Issues in North Carolina

Posted on: March 21st, 2017
Inherited IRAs face differing regulation based on whether the beneficiary is a spouse or a non-spouse. Marital status also influences how North Carolina’s intestate succession law applies to an estate, which may pertain to retirement accounts. FINRA released an Investor Alert early this year advising IRA beneficiaries to review inherited IRA tax implications....

Why an Executor Might Need Probate Counsel in North Carolina

Posted on: June 6th, 2016
An executor's knowledge of state and federal legislation pertaining to estate administration might be limited. This limited knowledge poses a risk of errors. ...

Discussing Inheritances With Children

Posted on: February 18th, 2016
Starting discussions during one’s lifetime about how personal items, collectibles, and assets will pass on can help to prevent conflicts after death. Surviving children might feel less inclined to contest a will if they understand that a parent’s wishes match the instructions in the will....

Elective Share Waivers in North Carolina

Posted on: October 13th, 2015
A case from the North Carolina Court of Appeals highlights the critical function of financial disclosure in the elective share process, while also showing the legal entitlements of a soon-to-be-former-spouse navigating divorce in North Carolina....

August is National Make-a-Will Month

Posted on: August 13th, 2015
An increasing number of Americans fail to plan appropriately for the future needs of themselves and their families, both through inadequate retirement savings as well as neglected estate planning. August is Make-a-Will Month...
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