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Don’t forget to check retirement plan beneficiary designations

Many people periodically update their wills or other estate plans, but do not remember to update who will receive distributions from their retirement plans (such as IRAs and 401(k)s) upon their deaths. Every year you should review your entire estate plan, and the review should include retirement plan “beneficiary designations” to make sure they are […]

How do you know if you have capacity to sign Estate Planning documents?

Proper execution of a legal instrument requires that the person signing have sufficient mental “capacity” to understand the implications of the document. While most people speak of legal “capacity” or “competence” as a rigid black line–either the person has it or doesn’t–in fact it can be quite variable depending on the person’s abilities and the […]

Why Plan Your Estate?

The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living beings. At the same time, no one likes to dwell on the prospect of his or her own death. But if you postpone planning for your demise until it is too late, you run the […]

Fear or no fear, it is going to happen anyway

  “Sabrina Winters made the trust planning process extremely easy. She is very responsive and is flexible about meeting times, venues, etc. She and her office are warm, yet professional. She exhibits a vast amount of knowledge about her field and we truly feel that she is acting as our advocate. We are very reassured […]

What are Estate Lawyer and Trust Attorney Fees?

Though there are many factors that you should consider when choosing an estate lawyer or trust attorney, the price for services is often a consideration. What should you expect in the way of fees? Though every attorney has different rates and a different fee schedule, here is a guide to what you can expect for […]

What Do Estate Planning Attorneys Do?

They say there are only two things in life that you can count on – death and taxes. An estate planning attorney helps you plan for the inevitability of death, as well as the possibility of mental or physical incapacity prior to death. The key word here is PLAN. Each individual comes to an estate […]

How to get Power of Attorney In North Carolina

You have heard the term “Power of Attorney” and have a general idea of what that encompasses. But now that you have decided to get your affairs in order, you need some specifics. What exactly does getting and giving power of attorney entail, and how do you get power of attorney in the state of […]

What is a Living Trust?

A living trust is a plan that you create during your lifetime to spell out what will happen to your belongings after your death. Just like a will, a living trust is a legal document that lists all of your wishes regarding your assets, your dependents and your heirs. It spells out who gets what, […]

What Is A Probate Lawyer?

When you hear the word “probate,” you probably think of probate court. Many of us associate probate court with a long, drawn out, costly process, wrapped in the red tape of the legal system. Going through probate court can be especially difficult when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Probate court proceedings […]

How To Find The Right Estate Planning Attorney

You have decided to get your “ducks in a row” and create a will. A smart decision! Creating a will ensures that your final wishes are carried out, and that your assets will go to loved ones or favorite charities according to your plan. The first step in creating a will is hiring a qualified […]


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