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Smith Debnam’s estate planning attorneys represent individuals, couples, families, business owners, trusts and fiduciaries in:
With a well-drafted estate plan in place, our clients can be assured that their estate passes to whom they want, when they want, and is carried out in the client’s intended manner. Working with a Smith Debnam estate planning attorney ensures one’s wishes will be carried out in the most effective and efficient manner so the family will not have to endure difficulties that may arise from not having planned ahead. Some tailored estate plans may include:
Our estate planning attorneys also concentrate on making it possible for clients to maintain control over their health care and financial affairs for as long as possible by planning in advance of disability. This is done through health care instruments such as powers of attorney, living wills and other health care directives. By preparing these documents, clients are able to let their desires be known and to name an agent to act on their behalf and carry out their desires if they are unable to do so themselves. These planning procedures can spare loved ones much hardship and stress during an already difficult time.
An estate plan is only effective if it is properly administered. The estates and trusts administration attorneys at Smith Debnam assist individual and corporate fiduciaries of estates and trusts in matters of probate, estate, and trust administration. If your loved one had a Will, the family will go through the probate process. If your loved one had a Trust, the family will go through a process called trust administration. Our attorneys guide executors, administrators, guardians, power of attorneys, trustees and beneficiaries throughout the entire estate administration and settlement process, by:
If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, our attorneys can assist with legal matters to save you time and prevent losses or missteps from being made in order to preserve the wishes of the deceased and to spare loved ones additional stress during an already difficult period.
“Smith Debnam is comprised of attorneys of excellent legal talent. Work is performed both expertly and timely. This firm is able to address a wide variety of legal services. If I find myself in need of additional legal services, I will not hesitate to go to Smith Debnam. “ – Mike Z.
From our office in Raleigh, we serve clients throughout central North Carolina. To schedule a consultation with a Raleigh estate planning attorney at our firm, call 919-250-2000.
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