Estate Planning

5 Uncomfortable Questions Your Estate Lawyer Might Ask You

Estate planning is a highly personal, and often sensitive, endeavor. The primary goal of your estate plan, after all, is to protect you, your assets, and your loved ones. Ideally, you will form a lifelong relationship with your estate planning attorney, making it much more likely that your estate plan will succeed at its intended goals. Having an ongoing relationship with your estate …  read more

What Happens to Your Online Stuff After You Die?

Estate planning, along with almost every other aspect of life, has changed significantly as online assets and digital properties have become more ingrained with our day-to-day lives. How often do you go online every day? Do read emails on your cell phone or send text messages. Do you check on social media accounts, pay your bills, or do anything else over the Internet? How much of …  read more

Basic Questions About Estate Planning – What if We Are Living Together?

If you are like many people in the Greensboro, North Carolina area, you might be living together with a romantic partner but not be married. People who live together outside of marriage need to consider estate planning just like every other capable adult, but there are some specific areas that can prove to be more problematic. Married couples automatically earn a variety of rights when …  read more

Who Needs to Include Asset Protection in Their Estate Plan?

While the primary focus of your estate plan may be the creations of a road map to be used to distribute your estate assets following your death, a well thought out estate plan can – and should – accomplish far more than just that. A comprehensive estate plan should incorporate several additional goals and objectives, such as incapacity planning, probate avoidance, and/or Medicaid …  read more

Common Estate Planning Questions – What if I Move?

  If you should move away from, or to, Greensboro, North Carolina, what changes will you have to make to your estate plan? Will your old plan still be good if you created it in a different state? What if you created your estate plan in accordance with the laws of North Carolina, but subsequently move away from North Carolina and to a state that has different laws? While no two …  read more

Basic Estate Planning Questions – How Does Divorce Affect my Estate Plan?

In today's discussion of basic estate planning questions in North Carolina, we are going to take a look at divorce and how it might affect your estate plan. Any significant life event, including a marriage or subsequent divorce, should prompt you to, at the very minimum, review your estate plan to determine if there are any changes you need to make. Because marriage comes with a host …  read more

Estate Planning When you Own Foreign Property

For most people who create estate plans in the Greensboro, North Carolina area, foreign property issues are not a significant concern. Most people do not own property located in other countries, but for those who do, foreign property issues can be significant. What do you have to do if you own property that is located in another country? What additional steps will you have to …  read more

If You Are in a Romantic Relationship in North Carolina, You Need to Talk About Estate Planning

Having a talk about estate planning is not exactly high on most people's lists of what they need to talk about with their partners, but that doesn't mean it's a topic you should ignore. If you are in a committed romantic relationship, talking about estate planning is absolutely essential. While you and your partner might have specific desires about what you might want to happen in the …  read more

7 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Being Your Own Attorney or Creating Online Documents

Many people ask me each year why they should see a local attorney for their estate documents instead of creating online documents. My answer is always the same - each state has different laws, each family has different needs and I've seen terrible results from do-it-yourself and online planning 1. Each state has different rules, requirements and legal documents. Every state in the U.S. …  read more

What are Some Commonly Misunderstood Estate Planning Terms?

Many of our clients in the Greensboro, North Carolina area can get confused by some commonly misunderstood estate planning terms. This is entirely understandable and normal. Estate planning is not a field a lot of people have experience in, nor is it the most exciting topic in the world. These misunderstood ideas and terms are common with many people, and you shouldn't feel bad for …  read more

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