Wills & Probate

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. If you find yourself dealing with the probate process already, I provide aggressive and knowledgeable representation to protect your rights and interests.

North Carolina Wills & Probate Lawyer

Estate planning doesn’t have to be a somber undertaking. By outlining your wishes clearly in a valid document, you can rest assured that your family is taken care of in a manner that helps to avoid the legal hassles that often come with inheritance. Making sure that your wishes are followed should you become incapacitated is equally important to ensure your quality of life and ease the burden on those you love.

A few of the estate planning matters that I can help with include, but are not limited to:

Wills – The most common way for you to outline the distribution of your assets after death is with a will. They can effectively help to reduce the burden of taxes, divide assets and designate who will receive them, give instructions regarding minor children, gifts, and even the formation of posthumous trusts. It is critical that such a document follow legal rules in order to be valid.

Trusts – Trusts can replace or be created in addition to a will. They can be used to help manage property during life by transferring the benefits and obligations to others. Forming a trust has a number of advantages and there are different types to fit your needs. Unlike a will, a trust is private and avoids probate. Consult with a qualified estate planning attorney to understand if a trust would be an effective part of your estate plan.

Power of Attorney – If you should become unable to manage your own affairs, a power of attorney designates an agent to act in your behalf. This kind of advance directive can designate what kind of health care you would like to receive in the case of incapacitation.


The court process of assessing and administering the estate after someone’s death is called Probate. When a will is contested in North Carolina, it is crucial to involve the counsel of an experienced lawyer. Contact me at (919) 688-6860 for a consultation regarding any probate court proceedings. Working without knowledgeable counsel from a probate attorney can extend this already lengthy process. I can help to protect your rights and inheritance.

For any of your estate planning needs, call (919) 688-6860 to speak with a knowledgeable simple wills lawyer and probate attorney in Durham. The time to begin planning is now.

Judy Whisnant
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