Tag Archives: North Carolina

Why Probate Takes So Long and How to Avoid It

When a loved one dies, their money and property has to be distributed to the appropriate people according to the will, or the state’s laws if a will is not in place.

Even if someone is taking charge of the probate process and keeping up with all the details and requirements, it can still take a...
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What To Do if You’ve Been Named a Legal Guardian

The legal term “guardian” refers to someone who cares for another individual, often a minor child, who needs special protection for a variety of reasons.

Although parents of a minor child can name a legal guardian for their child in their will, typically a court must confirm and officially appoint that person to the status of...
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Why Two Heads May Be Better Than One In Estate Planning

We rely on our friends, family, and colleagues to help us through life’s challenges.

The people we trust can also be incredibly important when arranging an estate plan. It is critical to appoint a fiduciary to act on your behalf and carry out your wishes should you become incapacitated or pass away. The fiduciary is legally...
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Online Estate Planning? Things to Think About

Call me old-fashioned, but I think estate planning should involve a personalized and continuing relationship, not a transaction.

While some may prefer to use low-cost websites or software because they are more concerned about price than value, think about what they won't be getting. Can LegalZoom or other online providers:
  • Look you in the eye or shake your hand?
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