Estate Planning

Do you already have an estate plan in place?  If not, will your wishes be handled the way you want them to be?  Are you protected if something causes you to lose the capacity to make decisions on your own behalf?  If you do have a plan, how long has it been since you created it?  Your needs and the law often change over time.  Whether you need to update your estate plan or if you do not have one at all, we can make sure your directions will be carried out and your well-being protected.

These are only a few of the estate planning services we offer:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Irrevocable Spendthrift Trusts
  • A/B Disclaimer Trusts
  • Mixed Family Estate Planning
  • Advance Care Directive / Living Will
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Mental Health Instructions
  • HIPAA Releases

While we offer a wide array of legal services to handle almost any form of estate planning, we try hard not to push people into unnecessary or overly complicated plans.  Most people’s situation can be fully addressed with a simple Will, Power of Attorney, and Healthcare Power of Attorney.  We draft these simple documents for a minimal fee because we want to be sure everyone has this minimal set of documents.  For those with peculiar scenarios or those who want to make the estate administration process easier on their heirs, we can draft a variety of different types of trust to meet your needs and do so for substantially less than our competition.

Absent a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Durable Power of Attorney, should something happen to you, your family may be forced to go through a lengthy and costly incompetency and guardianship proceeding which could result in extensive legal fees.  Even if you don’t choose us for your estate planning needs, we hope you will at least utilize the Healthcare Power of Attorney form that is offered for free on the North Carolina Secretary of State’s web page.

Please don’t wait until it’s too late.  Get the basic documents in place as quickly as possible to protect yourself and your family.  Feel free to call us for information on rates or questions about how the process works so we can get you started.

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