Probate and Estate Administration
Our firm handles all aspects of probate and estate administration throughout the State of North Carolina. Probate and estate administration is the process of transferring property at a person’s death. If a person dies leaving a valid will, the provisions of the will dictate how the individual’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. If someone dies without a will, North Carolina laws of intestacy will dictate how the assets are to be distributed.
Estate administration includes the entire probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of probate and estate administration, including full probate proceedings, summary administration and ancillary estate administration for out-of-state residents who own property in North Carolina. We assist the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent’s assets, and prepare and file federal and state estate tax returns as well as all required inventories, accountings, notices and other filings with the court.
While probate and estate administration can be complicated, we have the legal resources necessary to ensure that the administration of the estate is handled efficiently, and the compassion to understand the effect of the process on the heirs.
The following attorneys practice in the area of probate:
Terri L. Cook
Charles N. Griffin, III
David P. Nanney, Jr.
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