Have you been considering estate planning in Raleigh NC but haven’t met with a lawyer to get everything drafted and finalized? If so, it’s important to go ahead and do so. Unfortunately, should one pass on without an estate plan, it’s possible that assets won’t be distributed to the person of your choice.
Here, you’ll find a continuation of the steps of the probate process that takes place when one dies intestate, or without a will. If you have any questions about estate planning in Raleigh NC during this article, feel free to contact our law office today.
Once the personal representative has been chosen by the court, they should begin working to gather as much information as possible. Lists of surviving family, assets and belongings, heirs and more should be documented.
If the deceased owned property in multiple states, it can be handled in the same process, without having to open a second filing in the state where the property is owned. The probate process should take place in the county in which the deceased resided.
This process can be lengthy and overwhelming. However, it is necessary for those who’ve passed without a will or had a will that wasn’t updated with changes and information needed for accuracy. To learn about the next steps in the probate process head over to our next blog post. You’ll find additional information there.
Remember, estate planning is important. It’s a way to ensure your loved ones are cared for after you’ve passed. It’s also a way to distribute your belongings to specific loved ones as well. It’s important that one not pass without this document. Doing so can result in a court case that will leave your loved ones stuck in probate court. This could be not only time consuming but expensive as well.
Regardless of whether you're married, single, wealthy, childless or a parent, it's important for all adults to have an estate plan and the proper documents in place at the beginning of each year. Call our lawyer now to get started with your estate planning in Raleigh NC.