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Estate Planning & Probate

It’s never too early or too late to plan for the future. Whether you’re looking to create or update your will or prove the validity of your loved one’s will, it’s essential to have the best legal support around you. If you need the help of an estate planning attorney in Raleigh, NC, Young Law Offices, PLLC is ready to guide you every step of the way.

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Estate Planning & Administration

When you’re ready to plan for the future, our team will work with you to ensure your needs are met and your assets are protected. Our estate planning process consists of four levels:

  1. Incapacity Planning (includes Power of Attorney, Advance Medical Directive, and HIPAA Authorization)
  2. Last Will & Testament
  3. Contested Wills (Will Caveat Proceedings)
  4. Representation of Executors and Heirs throughout the Probate Settlement Process

The level you choose depends on your unique situation, and we will guide you to the choice that is best for your estate. Should legal tensions or challenges arise during the process, our family law attorneys will fight for you and your goals. We also provide probate services for family members who need to prove the validity of a family member’s will.

What Our Clients Can Expect

Our process involves an initial consultation in which we answer any questions you might have before drafting your estate plan. About a month later, we will review your documents with you and ensure you understand and agree with them. Then, you will sign the documents and your plan will be put in place. We will then schedule a funding meeting at which we ensure any asset transfers are proceeding as they should.

But the process doesn’t end there. We’ll be here for you long into the future, creating a lasting relationship with you. Every three years we’ll review your plan and update you on law changes that may affect it. We can also help you adjust your estate plan as your needs and situations change. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is a will and should I have one?

A will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding the distribution of your property and the care of any minor children.  If you die without a will, those wishes may not be carried out.  Yes, everyone has some property and should have a will. 

What is Probate? 

Probate is the process of proving a will and admitting it to record (recording it) in the Clerk’s Office. This is often the first step in administration of an estate followed by the appointment of an executor (aka personal representative). In the absence of a will, the process of estate administration is begun by appointing an estate administrator (aka personal representative).  Frequently people refer to probate as the entire process of administering an estate.

During the probate process, a court supervises the distribution of a person’s property after their death. The process also includes paying any debts and taxes, settling disputes and collecting all property to be distributed.

As the executor of the estate, what do I need to do?

If you have been named the executor of the estate of a parent or loved one, your main duties are to make sure the wishes of the deceased are honored while also fulfilling the requirements of probate court. You will need to make sure assets are distributed correctly and efficiently. Other duties may include:

  1. Find the original will.
  2. Cancel the decedent’s credit cards.
  3. Safeguard valuables, perhaps change door locks.
  4. Collect current mail, forward future mail.
  5. Get access to the decedent’s home and selling the home. 
  6. Making life insurance claims.

Call 919-758-8644 to begin the estate planning process today!

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