February 7, 2018

Should You Revise Your Power of Attorney?

Powers of attorney serve an essential role in estate planning, giving North Carolinians control over who will manage their affairs during periods of lifetime incapacity. Changes to North Carolina’s Power…

February 7, 2018

2018 Brings Changes to North Carolina’s Power of Attorney Act

At the end of last year, North Carolina Session Law 2017-153 (Senate Bill 569) was signed into law. The law adopted the NC Uniform Power of Attorney Act, which makes substantial…

December 11, 2017

After a Loved One Passes: Six Important Steps to Know

The days, weeks, and months after the death of a loved one can be emotional and stressful, especially if you are named the executor of your deceased family member or…

November 21, 2017

The Truth Why You Need a Will

It’s the holiday season…one of the busiest times of the year. So, it’s a pretty safe bet that folks are not spending time right now thinking about what would happen…

November 10, 2017

A Last Will and Testament Can Always Be Changed (Before Death)

It is a fundamental principle of law that a Last Will and Testament duly signed and witnessed is binding on no one until the person who signed the Will dies.…

June 29, 2017

A Handwritten Codicil Can Lead to Disaster

Mr. James Paul Allen of Beaufort County, North Carolina executed a duly drafted will on August 29, 2002. The will was prepared by his longtime attorney who had represented him…

May 31, 2017

How Does Remarriage Impact Wills and Inheritances?

Divorce and remarriage are common in the United States, and most legal professionals place these issues squarely within the family law realm. However, people who remarry should also carefully revisit…

March 15, 2017

When Life Imitates Art

– Will Caveats or “The Family Feud” Part 2 – 
The North Carolina Court of Appeals continues to publish opinions in Will Caveat cases that could easily serve as…

February 14, 2017

What is Undue Influence in Will Caveat Cases?

In order to set aside a Will after a person has died, a Caveator (the person attacking the Will) has three courses of action under the law. First, he can…

January 19, 2017

Will Caveats or “The Family Feud”

The North Carolina Court of Appeals on December 20, 2016, issued an opinion in a case involving a Will Caveat that arose in Alamance County. The facts of this recent…

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