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Winston-Salem Wills & Estate Administration Attorneys

Estate Administration

As our national economy becomes more and more mobile, an increasing number of people find themselves living far away from their aging parents. This is a challenge during good times. It is more difficult to know where to turn when a parent's estate needs to be administered.

It can be difficult to find the energy to focus on anything apart from your loss at such a time, but there are often many matters that need to be attended to. This becomes especially challenging if you do not live nearby.

Securing the representation of a skilled local attorney who is capable of handling your estate administration issues can give you the space to focus your attention on what matters most.

Estate Planning

Once you have decided that it is the right time to ensure the legal enforceability of your wishes for your estate, you need to secure the representation of an attorney with the skill and experience to ensure that your goals regarding your estate are achieved.

Trusts Are a Powerful Estate Planning Tool

Trusts can be created through a will or independently. Trusts allow individuals to place certain assets in the possession of a particular individual with potential tax benefits. The benefit available in the establishment of trusts can be highly useful in providing for children from a previous marriage, children with special needs and other individuals.

Divorced or Remarrying? Update Your Estate Plan.

For those who already have a will or estate plan in place, a divorce or remarriage calls for a re-evaluation of those documents to ensure that they reflect the most current circumstances.

Estate Plans Offer Protections to You as Well as Your Loved Ones

Another value of estate planning that many people overlook is the ability to make plans that concern themselves and their family, not just their assets. Every sound estate plan should include such documents as:

  • Financial power of attorney
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Living will

These documents can help ensure that your wishes are respected should you no longer be able to communicate those wishes.

Estate Litigation

When an estate or trust is being administered or a will is being probated, different parties can come into conflict as to what constitutes a proper distribution of assets. This dispute can escalate to the point where the only reasonable response is to take the matter to court. In some circumstances, a trustee, executor or administrator may have been using estate funds for personal gain. In such situations, it may be in necessary to pursue civil remedies through the courts.

If you believe that someone has been abusing his or her position of authority over a loved one's estate or assets, you need to take action. We can help you investigate the full circumstances of the situation and take all necessary action to protect your rights and interests.

Over 80 Years of Combined Experience Serving the Legal Needs of Our Community

At the law firm of Wood & Rabil, LLP, we are able to offer highly effective wills and estate representation that you can trust. Our attorneys were all born and raised in our area. We know the law regarding estates, and we have built a reputation for providing exceptional representation when families need it most.

Contact the North Carolina Lawyers of Wood & Rabil, LLP

Administering an estate is a substantial responsibility. It can be a challenge to focus on estate issues when a loved one has been lost. Let the skilled and experienced Winston-Salem estate administration lawyers of Wood & Rabil, LLP, help you successfully administer your loved one's estate. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call 336-722-5700 or contact us online.