What To Do If Your Loved One Passes Away and Has a Will

  If you have recently lost a loved one, the last thing you want to do is deal with their estate. At King Law Offices, we handle estate matters on a regular basis and would be glad to help you settle the estate for your loved one. When beginning an estate, the first step is (more…)

Can I Handwrite My Own Homemade Will?

As I speak to various groups and organizations about estate planning, I am periodically asked whether it is “legal” to simply handwrite a will.  The short answer to this question is yes, but there are several precautions one should keep in mind before doing so. NCGS Section 31-3.4 recognizes holographic wills and provides as follows: (more…)

What is “Capacity” to Sign Estate Planning Documents?

Estate planning documents can lead to all sorts of issues among those left behind. Occasionally, somebody isn’t happy with what they received according to the will or trust that the deceased created prior to their death. And some folks just want to cause issues with family members they don’t deem worthy of the assets they (more…)

How a vehicle is transferred upon death

When an individual dies, how that person had his or her vehicles titled will affect how difficult it is to transfer title of such vehicles.  Below are several ways to title a vehicle and a summary of the steps necessary to transfer title upon death. Oftentimes, a person will hold title to a vehicle individually.  (more…)

Financial Considerations when Creating Your Estate Plan

We spend so a lot of time worrying about our present and future finances. And no matter how much you contribute to your 401k, you feel guilty that you didn’t set enough aside. Your estate plan doesn’t need to add to that stress. An experienced attorney will have checklists and streamlined packages that will ensure (more…)

What South Carolina Residents Should Include In a Will

Dying is a reality for everyone but something that few want to think about. It is never easy on family and friends when a loved one passes away.  It is important to think about how your affairs will be handled when you pass away.  Planning for your death and the legal aspects that come along (more…)

Do you have a Digital Estate?

Do you have a Digital Estate?  Do you know what a Digital Estate is?  If you do know what a Digital Estate is or if you have one, how are you protecting and safeguarding those digital assets.  Are you taking the same care with your digital assets as you are with your real and personal (more…)

Why North Carolina’s Probate Process is Different

North Carolina is a special state. How many states boast two top tier college basketball teams, one of which has its own color? Plus, its probate process has a few quirks that keep it just as unique as its basketball heritage. The majority of America’s states handle things in a uniform manner. North Carolina doesn’t (more…)

Assets Being Squandered?

So you filed a caveat to a will that has not yet been admitted to probate?  I’m not sure you can do that but I could be wrong.  I just always assumed you must wait until someone at least filed the will with the court regardless of whether or not they applied to be personal (more…)

Probate in North Carolina

If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, chances are you’ll experience some form of probate or estate administration.  Sometimes this can be a vey straightforward process, but at other times it can be rather complex and time consuming.  It is helpful to understand some of the various types of probate in North Carolina. (more…)