Protecting your legacy for future generations with an enforceable will or trust is important. A solid estate plan will help your family to avoid the stress and cost of probate court. As an experienced estate planning attorney, I can help you create a will, establish a trust, designate powers of attorney, and put other documents in place to protect your legacy. Also, if you are facing a probate-related matter, I’m here to represent your rights and interests and guide you through the process.

Creating a Will

Creating a will allows you to structure the distribution of your property and assets after you pass away. A will serves many purposes, including reducing the burden of taxes, dividing assets. designating recipients, providing instructions regarding guardianship of minor children, identifying any gifts, and even detailing the formation of posthumous trusts. I am prepared to work with you to create a will that’s customized to address your specific needs and wishes.

Establishing a Trust

Trusts can either replace or complement a will. You can create a trust to help manage property during your life by transferring the benefits and obligations to others. Forming a trust has several advantages, and there are different types to fit your needs. Unlike a will, a trust is private and avoids probate. Give me a call to discuss whether a trust may be a favorable option for helping you achieve your estate planning goals.

Designating a Power of Attorney

Power of attorney documents allow you to designate a trusted individual to act on your behalf, should you become unable to manage your own affairs or make important medical decisions. An advance directive identifies what kinds of health care interventions or care you would like to receive in the event of incapacitation. I can walk you through the process of putting a power of attorney in place to ensure your healthcare wishes are known and respected, no matter what the future may hold.

Navigating Probate in North Carolina

Probate refers to the legal process of collecting and administering one’s property after his or her death. The probate process can quickly become complicated, because families are complicated and because there are many picky legal requirements. I’m ready to help you navigate the probate process, understand your rights, and work hard to secure a peaceful and equitable outcome.

Call Judy Whisnant Attorney at Law, P.C. today at (919) 688-6860 to discuss your estate planning goals with a trusted Durham attorney.

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