The North Carolina Probate Process
Contact a Compassionate Raleigh Probate Lawyer
When a person passes away, normally their final affairs and distribution
of their estate will be handled in probate court. Simply put, the purpose
of probate is to establish the legitimacy and applicability of a person's
will at the time of their death, or determine the most appropriate way
to divide their property in the event that no will is present.
Probate can be a lengthy and tedious process, making it vital that you
retain the services of a skilled legal professional to guide you through
the appropriate legal channels. If you have been named the executor of
a loved one's estate or are involved in a dispute regarding the distribution
of a decedent's assets, a Raleigh probate attorney from Hopper Law Office
can answer all of your questions and ensure that your rights are protected.
At Hopper Law Office, we understand how difficult it can be do deal with
the passing of a loved one, and we are willing to do everything in our
power to help you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.
Having more than two decades' worth of successful legal experience to
our credit, our firm is equipped with the extensive knowledge and skills
you need to navigate through this complex process.
Ready to get started? Call us today at
(919) 876-3300 to discuss your case.
What Happens During Probate?
Usually, after a person dies, an "executor" or "administrator"
will be appointed by the courts to take charge of the decedent's estate,
unless someone has already been named in a person's will. These people
are issued "Letters of Administration" that give them the responsibility
and authority to handle several different tasks on behalf of the deceased.
An executor must:
- Catalog the deceased person's assets and belongings
- Have assets professionally appraised if necessary
- Pay all outstanding debts and taxes of the decedent
- Oversee asset distribution as dictated in the person's will or by state law
Once all debts have been paid and assets are distributed, the executor
files a final accounting with the courts declaring what actions and transactions
were made before the estate is closed. While this all seems relatively
straightforward on the surface, issues can arise during this process between
beneficiaries and interested parties, leading to complex litigation that
can take months if not years to complete. For this reason, these matters
are best handled by the trained eye of a dedicated attorney.
Retain Top-Rated Legal Advocacy in Raleigh, NC
At Hopper Law Office, our firm's highly trained Raleigh probate lawyers
can help simplify the probate process and protect your rights every step
of the way. As proven by our extensive collection of
positive client testimonials, we treat our clients like family and are prepared to go the extra mile
on your behalf. Protecting the rights of our clients is our top priority,
and we are committed to providing the results-driven representation you
need until your loved one's final affairs are resolved. Let us handle
the legal heavy-lifting so you can grieve with your family in peace.