Skilled Lawyer Helping Clients in Raleigh With Probate, Trust, & Estate Administration Issues
If you are designated as an executor or as an administrator of an estate, your task is ensuring that the decedent’s wishes are carried out while remaining compliant with state and federal laws. You will need the help that a Raleigh probate attorney at NC Planning can provide.
The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult events we can face. Distributing a loved one’s assets, with or without the guidance of a will, can add even more anxiety to a difficult time.
If there is no will, North Carolina law has a process to determine who can serve as the administrator of the decedent’s estate. Typically, that person will be the spouse or another immediate relative.
How Can An Estate Administration Attorney Help?
If you are designated as an executor, administrator, or trustee of a loved one’s trust or estate, you may not be given a great deal of guidance. Wills and living trusts are not always well-written, and mistakes cost your family and the estate. Figuring out what to do and when to do it is stressful, especially if you are still in the process of mourning the loss of a loved one.
How can you have certainty as an executor, an administrator, or a trustee? The right attorney can help you by providing sound, insightful, and timely guidance and advice. Together, we will get through this emotionally challenging time and ensure that the decedent’s wishes are carried out as he or she intended.
NC Planning has an estate administration team that can handle every detail of the probate process from start to finish on your behalf. When you transfer your responsibilities to our estate administration team, your loved one’s estate will be handled by trusted professionals.
Our legal team handles probate administration matters for modest estates as well as complex estates that may have interests and assets in a number of jurisdictions. We have the legal resources and skills to handle all probate, trust, and estate administration matters.
What Are the Most Common Probate Mistakes?
Executors are held personally responsible for estate administration errors and mistakes, even if unintentional. Without the right attorney’s guidance, executors commonly make these types of probate mistakes:
- Tax errors: An executor prepares, submits, and pays the decedent’s final IRS return. Anyone could make serious tax mistakes without an attorney’s help, and a failure to file the IRS Form 8971 Estate Information Form may lead to substantial fines.
- Missing a step: An estate’s executor must find and file the will with the court, inventory assets, notify creditors, and pay an estate’s debts. If the executor intentionally or unintentionally misappropriates funds, misses deadlines, or abuses their power, a creditor or an heir may sue for damages.
- Misunderstanding probate laws: Misunderstanding the law could cause financial losses for the estate and the heirs. The right probate attorney can explain clearly what executors, administrators, and trustees in North Carolina need to know.
If you’re named as the executor of a will or as an administrator of an estate, arrange to meet with a probate attorney at NC Planning as soon as possible. We will guide you through the entire process to ensure you don’t make any of these crucial mistakes that could affect the estate or the decedent’s heirs.
Seek Legal Representation From Our Probate, Trust, and Estate Administration Attorneys Today
We handle various probate, trust, and estate administration matters, including debt and tax issues, asset distribution, and eventually, closing the estate. After losing a loved one, you will want a lawyer who has helped others in the same circumstances. Every client receives quality legal services and complete personal attention at NC Planning.
We provide all of our estate planning and probate clients with effective representation and affordable, innovative legal solutions.
To learn more about how we can help you with trust administration, estate administration, or the probate process, schedule a consultation with our team. To book your consultation, call NC Planning at (919) 568-3681 or complete the contact form here on our website.
Our offices are located in Raleigh at 4801 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 200. We also have offices in Cary located at 5640 Dillard Drive, Suite 101. We are trusted throughout North Carolina to provide the probate and estate planning solutions that our clients need.