If your estate was distributed today, do you know who would receive your assets? A Raleigh probate and estate planning lawyer can help make sure your assets end up with the intended beneficiary. Without an estate plan, your property, both personal and real, may be divided among your heirs in a way that is contrary to what you would desire. If you do not have a will, the probate process will be much more stressful on your heirs because your wishes are not documented. Brady Law can help with estate planning including:
- Living Wills
- Durable Powers of Attorney
- Health Care Powers of Attorney
Raleigh Probate & Estate Planning Attorney
In North Carolina, the state law controls distribution of both real and personal property if a person dies intestate (without a will). If you want to be in control of how your estate is distributed, it’s best to contact a Raleigh estate planning attorney.
Make a Plan — Get Help from a Raleigh Estate Planning Attorney
Creating an estate plan may seem like a daunting task, but the assistance of a Raleigh estate planning attorney will make the task less overwhelming. In Raleigh, if a person dies intestate, their assets will be distributed according to the North Carolina intestate succession statutes. Most, but not all, of the intestate decedent’s property will be subject to probate. However, assets that are held in joint ownership with rights of survivorship will pass automatically to the survivor. Any assets that are controlled by a beneficiary designation, such as 401(k)s, life insurance policies, or annuities, are generally not subject to the probate process. Assets that are held in a trust are also not subject to the probate process. Most decedent’s have assets outside of the ones listed above; therefore, it’s important to create an estate plan to control the rest of your assets.
Wills & Trusts Lawyer, Cary & Raleigh
Whether you have a small or extensive list of assets, an estate plan will protect those assets. The distribution of your estate will be easier on your family if your last wishes are known and documented. Probate can be a very time consuming and stressful process on your heirs; make the process easier on them by creating an estate plan today. Don’t put off your estate planning process any longer, the future of your loved ones is too important. Contact estate planning and probate attorney Brian Brady today.