While it is not easy to think about death or disability, one of the most important steps you can take towards protecting your family is meeting with a lawyer to discuss proper estate planning through a will, or last will and testament. A will is a document that controls and directs the disposition of property at death.

You may not believe that you have enough assets to have an “estate”, but nearly everyone has assets that he/she wants to be able to control who receives those assets at your death.

Trust the NC will professionals at Alexander & Doyle, P.A. to help put you in charge of your finances, and spare your loved ones the frustration and expenses commonly associated with managing assets upon a death.

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NC Wills & Estate Plans

An estate plan does not have to be complicated nor expensive, but it is essential to protect your family and your assets – failing to have one can cost a great deal, financially and emotionally.

In most estate planning cases, the best approach is through a will.

What happens if I don’t have a will?

If you do not have a valid will at the time of your death, you die “intestate,” meaning your property will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act. An intestate estate is administered according to NC law, which determines how your assets will be distributed.

Why not just create a will online?

Creating legal documents online must always be considered with caution:

Using an online tool or website to craft your will may seem convenient or like it may save a few dollars here or there, but too often there are expensive consequences when people use a “form will” obtained online.

Although the act of preparing a will may seem simple, North Carolina has a set of rules by which wills must be written and executed in order to be seen as valid. A seasoned NC estate planning lawyer can save you and your loved ones from unnecessary stress due to an insufficient or invalid will.

Schedule a Consultation with an Estate Planning Attorney

If you are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable lawyer to help make sure your assets are properly distributed after death, trust the team at Alexander & Doyle.

As experienced lawyers, you can trust us to provide efficient and effective distribution of your estate to your loved ones in the event of your death. Our team will work with you to determine your financial situation, plan your goals and explain all options available to you.

Contact Cary Family Lawyers Andrea Nyren Doyle and Ann-Margaret Alexander below, to schedule a consultation to discuss the best estate plan options for you.