Death is something that no one wants to think about, but something everyone will eventually have to deal with.
Many people say, “I don’t need a will, because I don’t have much property, and I just want everything to go to my spouse/child.” This line of thinking fails to account for many contingencies and has resulted in many long, messy, and expensive battles in probate court. For example, many people do not plan for what to do in the event that their intended heir(s) predecease them, or are unable to act as executor/trix.
Some people elect to write their own wills. This is extremely risky, as North Carolina has strict requirements that must be followed in order for a will to be valid.
When you die without a will in North Carolina, your estate is subject the the laws of intestacy. Even if you have a will, but your will is invalid, your estate will be subject to the laws of intestacy. If you have a valid will that does not dispose of your entire estate, then any residue (property not addressed in your will) will be subject to the laws of intestacy. These laws may or may not reflect your intent.
A good way to be sure that any property you leave behind will be distributed according to your wishes is to have an attorney prepare and execute your will. Christopher & Stone can help you prepare a valid and complete will so that you do not have to worry about what will happen in the event of your death.
Additionally, we can assist you in preparing companion documents to your will that will give your loved ones the ability to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so.
To find out more, contact us at (919) 772-6030 to schedule a free consultation.