The law firm of Lassiter & Lassiter is your trusted partner for comprehensive estate administration and estate planning services in Mooresville, North Carolina, and all surrounding areas. Our team of highly trained estate planning attorneys is dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate the complex legal landscape that oversees things like wills, trusts, and probate court cases in the state of North Carolina.
Planning for a future beyond your own lifetime is important, but it can also be a stressful and difficult process. That’s why the Lassiter & Lassiter approach to estate planning is designed to reduce as much of that anxiety and discomfort as we possibly can. We work collaboratively with you to ensure we understand your exact goals and needs, and from there, we can handle the detail-oriented work of building and implementing your end-to-end estate plan so that you can spend more time and energy on the things you love.
You can rest assured that our experienced probate attorneys and estate administration team are handling your case with the utmost care and attention. Our commitment to providing personalized attention and custom-tailored solutions for every client, no matter what their situation, ensures that your unique needs and goals can be met, whether that can be accomplished with a straightforward last will and testament or requires a more robust estate plan, including living trusts and other legal and financial instruments.
Estate planning can involve many different tools and tactics. It also represents a complex and niche subfield of legal practice. At its core, however, the general idea behind estate planning is easy to understand. It is essentially the process of putting legal tools like wills and trusts in place during your lifetime so that you have maximum control over what happens to your assets and property after your death.
A well-crafted estate plan can achieve several positive things for you and your loved ones:
At Lassiter & Lassiter, we understand the significance of these matters and the peace of mind that can come from having these issues addressed ahead of time. We are here to guide you and your loved ones through the process with our winning combination of experience and empathy.
Some people mistakenly think that “estate planning” is synonymous with drafting a last will and testament. While a last will and testament is a crucial piece of almost any good estate plan, it is often only one aspect of a comprehensive estate plan.
However, wills can do a few other things besides simply distribute your assets to your heirs. This is why a will can sometimes serve as a standalone estate plan, albeit only for the smallest and simplest estates. In addition to naming your heirs, a will can also be used to appoint:
It is often suggested that drafting your own legally binding will is as simple as writing down your wishes and signing at the bottom of the page. This is not sound advice and can lead to disaster for your grieving loved ones. A will is a serious and important legal document and should be treated as such.
Like any other legal document, it must include extremely specific and highly formalized language to be deemed valid in court. A sloppy or improperly filed will can take control of your assets away from your family and subject your estate to the excruciatingly long probate court process. Our skilled estate planning lawyers can assist you in crafting a clear and legally sound will that reflects your wishes and ensures the smooth transfer of your assets to your chosen beneficiaries.
While it is not legally required to hire a lawyer when you create your last will and testament in North Carolina, it is highly recommended. An experienced estate planning lawyer can provide invaluable guidance, ensuring that your will is properly drafted and legally binding. They can also help you navigate complex issues, such as:
The cost of creating a will in North Carolina, or any other state, can vary quite a lot depending on a long list of factors, such as the complexity of your estate, the specific services provided by the attorney, and your geographical location, just to name a few. Some attorneys offer a flat rate of a few hundred dollars for drafting a simple will, but developing a truly comprehensive estate plan for more complex, high-value estates can end up costing a few thousand dollars. However, it is important to remember that in either case, the costs of failing to have a thoughtful estate plan in place can far outweigh this investment in legal help.
Yes, wills in North Carolina should be notarized to be considered valid. The notarization process involves signing your will in the presence of a licensed notary public, who will then acknowledge your signature by stamping your will with a special seal. This requirement helps to ensure the authenticity of the document and serves as an additional layer of protection against potential disputes about a will’s validity.
For a will to be valid in North Carolina, it must be “self-proving,” a term that itself holds a variety of criteria:
If any of these conditions are not met, a judge may not consider the will to meet the definition of “self-proving,” which could send your assets to probate court instead of to your heirs.Lassiter & Lassiter: Your North Carolina Will Professionals
As you begin your research into wills and estate planning, please remember that it is essential to consult with a qualified estate planning attorney to ensure compliance with specific laws and regulations in North Carolina. Lassiter & Lassiter is a full-service estate planning law firm that can address your individual circumstances with a robust and effective estate plan, no matter how complex your situation is. Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to assist you in creating a legally sound will and any other estate planning documents you may need. Contact us today for help with planning your estate.
Call our office at 704-873-2295 or email us today.
Attorney Mike Lassiter grew up in Statesville, makes his living serving the people of Statesville and published a book capturing the changing landscape of small town life across North Carolina and Iredell County. His keen sense of history, dedication to the area and 30 years of legal experience make him an ideal attorney for your legal needs.
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