Having a customized, professionally drawn up will or estate plan is a necessary step to minimize hardship on your family and reduce fees and costs in the event you pass away. Our team of will and estate attorneys are here to assist you through estate planning services so that in the event of your passing, there is a clear plan including how property will be divided, who receives custody of your children, and who will act as executor.
Why You Need a Will and Estate Attorney
In the event that you pass away without a will or without a clear, legal plan for your business or personal holdings, your assets can end up frozen in probate for months or longer. This means that a court has to supervise how the assets are distributed and ensure the state laws of succession are maintained. State law may go against your personal wishes for how your assets are distributed, who gets custody of your children, or how your business is divided, but without a plan or will in place, it’s up to the court to make the decision.
Additionally, it’s also necessary to make sure any estate planning is drafted or reviewed by an estate lawyer. While you legally aren’t required to do this, having a lawyer draft your will can reduce the likelihood of your will being challenged and ensure that everything is covered for your heirs.
Our Estate Attorneys Practice Areas
Our Raleigh estate attorneys can assist you with all aspects of wills and estate planning. This includes, but isn’t limited to:
- Asset protection
- Business succession
- Charitable planning
- Estate administration
- Family limited partnerships
- IRA planning
- Last wills and testaments
- Living wills
- Powers of attorney
Testimonials from Our Estate Attorneys’ Clients
When my mother died, I was faced with a variety of decisions, not the least of which was handling the legal responsibilities of her estate. Terrell Thomas was recommended to us by my mother’s lawyer. Having Terrell handle these legal aspects has been the best experience that I could imagine at such a time. He has anticipated every legal request from the courts and has managed everything very well, always giving us a heads-up when we need to take certain actions. And there has always been a presence of thoughtful compassion in our interactions. I would recommend Terrell to anyone needing help with the administration of an estate or their estate planning needs. He provides great service and has made this process go very smoothly.
– Patricia M. from Wake County
Contact Us for Wills and Estate Planning in Raleigh
Protect your family’s future by making sure you have a will and other estate planning documents prepared. We can help you ensure your wishes are carried out by drafting and filing your legal documents and even acting as estate administrator to reduce stress and hardship on your family. Reach out to us today at at (919) 615-2473 or schedule a consultation today.
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