Probate

What Happens During the Probate of a Will?

Most people, at some point in their life, become involved in the probate of a Last Will and Testament. If that time has come for you, and it is the first time you have been directly involved in the probate process, you are probably unsure of what to expect. What happens during the probate of a Will depends, to some extent, on what your role in the probate process is. While the basic …  read more

Most Difficult Executor Duties

There is a very good likelihood that you will have a need to know what the duties and responsibilities of an Executor are at some point in your life. That need may spring up because you are notified that you are the Executor of the estate of someone who recently died. If not then, you will still have a need to know so that you are sure to appoint the right person to the position of …  read more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me in Probate Court?

Although we have one of the best legal systems in the world in the United States, it can be challenging to navigate for someone who is unfamiliar with it. It can be particularly difficult to try and learn the ins and outs of the legal system if your involvement in the system is related to the probate of an estate. If you are involved in the probate of an estate, that typically means that …  read more

Who Can Help You to Probate a Will?

The loss of a family member or close loved one is usually followed by a period of grief and often confusion. The emotional impact of the decedent’s death may not be all you have to worry about if you recently lost someone close to you. There is also a practical, or legal, aspect to a death that must also be addressed.  Specifically, the estate will likely be required to go through the …  read more

When There Is a Will, What Is the Probate Process?

Like many people, you have likely heard of probate; however, you may have only a vague idea of what happens during the probate of an estate. While you may never need to know about other areas of the law, it is important that you learn more than the basics about the area of probate law because you may one day be involved in the probate of a loved one’s estate. Even if you manage to avoid …  read more

How Do I Probate an Estate When There Is No Will?

The loss of a family member or close loved one is a time filled with grief and heightened emotions for everyone involved. In the midst of all those emotions it may be difficult to think about the practical and legal ramifications of the decedent’s death; however, someone needs to do so. If you have been elected to address the legal aspect of your loved one’s death, that means you will be …  read more

What Kind of Cases Does the North Carolina Probate Court Handle?

For the average person, navigating the court system can be frustrating and intimidating. Which court handles which type of cases? How do you know where to file documents? What is the proper route to accomplish your goal? These are just a few of the common questions people have when dealing with the court system. Unless you are an attorney, or work in the court system, it may seem …  read more

Probate Avoidance in North Carolina: Basic Ideas and Strategies

Most people have never read anything about probate avoidance in North Carolina, and know little about the topic. While the idea of probate, and probate courts, is not exactly an exciting topic for discussion, understanding the basic ideas surrounding this important area of the law is valuable, especially if you are thinking of creating an estate plan. Most people who create plans in the …  read more

What is the Priority of Estate Debts?

The priority of estate debts is an issue that arises during the probate process that follows after a person has died in North Carolina. When a decedent leaves behind debts, those debts have to be repaid with estate funds. The priority of estate debts determines what debts get repaid, and in what order. Today we are going to take a closer look at the priority of estate debts. Who …  read more

Basic Questions About Estate Planning – What Happens, Legally Speaking, After You Die?

The question of what happens to you after you die in a legal sense rests at the heart of estate planning and estate law. While this is not exactly a popular topic for discussion with most people, having a good understanding of what takes place after a person dies can greatly help you as you go about the estate planning process. In fact, many people who learn about the legal process that …  read more

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