Do You Need Grounds for Filing a Divorce?

North Carolina law does not require the finding of fault in order to receive a divorce. In many divorces, the couple simply does not want to remain together or one spouse wants to end the marriage. If there has not been any infidelity or other marital misconduct, these cases are known as no-fault divorces. How (more…)

Uncontested Divorces in North Carolina

An uncontested divorce case is simply a divorce case where both spouses agree to the divorce and other related issues without alleging that the other party is at fault. In North Carolina, a no-fault divorce can be filed for after the parties have lived apart for one year and at least one party has been (more…)

Should You Use an Annulment or Divorce to End Your Marriage?

While a divorce is a court order ending your marriage, an annulment negates your marriage entirely by treating it as if it never happened. Many people wonder—is a divorce or an annulment a better option for ending my marriage? The answer will largely depend on your specific circumstances. Not Everyone Can Get an Annulment Many (more…)

The North Carolina Annulment Process

Before filing for an annulment with your district court, you should consult with an attorney to make sure you have legal grounds for an annulment. North Carolina only allows for annulments in very specific situations, and you don’t want to waste your time requesting an annulment if you aren’t eligible for one. How to Request (more…)

Grounds for Annulment in North Carolina

An annulment is a legal action that effectively ends your marriage and treats it as if it never existed. North Carolina law provides for a limited number of situations that will be grounds for an annulment. Even if your marriage is eligible for an annulment, you could later become ineligible if you take certain actions. (more…)

Who Should Be Concerned About Estate Taxes?

While some states levy either estate taxes on the deceased person’s estate or inheritance taxes on the heirs, neither North Carolina or South Carolina have these taxes. You will not have to worry about state estate taxes unless you inherit assets from someone who lived in a state with an inheritance tax. Federal estate taxes (more…)

Three Tips for Successfully Getting Through a Custody Case

When facing a custody battle there are a few things you should always do.  In this blog post we are going to share the top three tips for successfully getting through a custody case. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA Social Media has had a huge impact on custody battles. One may not (more…)

How to Choose an Executor for Your Estate

Serving as the executor of the estate can be a significant responsibility. The executor—also referred to as a personal representative, is generally charged with the following tasks: Preparing funeral arrangements for the deceased person Gathering all assets of the estate Paying off all creditors of the estate Distributing assets to heirs Depending on the size (more…)

How to Contest a Will in North Carolina

Potential heirs are sometimes surprised to find that they are not receiving the amount or type of property they anticipated from a deceased relative’s estate. If the decedent lacked testamentary capacity or was improperly influenced to change their will, there may be cause to bring an action to contest the validity of the will. North (more…)

Testamentary Capacity Laws in North Carolina

Any person of sound mind at age 18 years or older may make a will in North Carolina. § 31-1. Most wills go through probate without any disputes or contested issues. However, in some cases there may be some disagreements over the validity of the will and which heirs be entitled to certain property. A (more…)