When planning what to do with your estate, you want to ensure your loved ones are cared for and protected while handling your affairs. That’s why it’s vital to have a North or South Carolina estate planning attorney on your side. At Collins Family & Elder Law Group, we’ll guide you through all the facets of estate planning to ensure we help create the estate planning outcomes you’re looking for.
Personal Estate Planning Services
Every family should have a properly designed estate plan crafted by North or South Carolina estate planning attorneys who specialize in this practice area. When implemented, your customized estate plan should address all your needs and meet important goals such as taking care of your loved ones and protecting your property.
Your plan should leave you with peace of mind knowing that you control who can make healthcare and financial decisions on your behalf if you cannot make those decisions yourself. Our NC and SC estate attorneys at Collins Family & Elder Law Group are dedicated to protecting your family’s future through your uniquely designed estate plan. Our attorneys offer a variety of tools to achieve your personal goals, such as:
- Last Will and Testament
- Revocable trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Minor trusts
- Pet trusts
- Healthcare Power of Attorney
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Declaration for a Natural Death/Living Will
- HIPAA authorization
- Guardianship setup for minor children or special needs
Comprehensive Estate Planning
Our North and South Carolina estate planning attorneys understand every family’s needs are unique, meaning no two plans will be the same. We take the time to help you create a personalized and carefully crafted plan that safeguards your assets, minimizes tax implications, and protects your loved ones the way you prefer.
Wills & Trusts
Having a will or trust is critical when working on estate planning in North or South Carolina. Wills and trusts allow you to dictate specific directions for your estate, including designating beneficiaries, naming guardians for minor children, and identifying other ways your estate should be handled.
Powers of Attorneys and Living Wills
Life is unpredictable, so it’s crucial to appoint a Power of Attorney and create a Living Will to have someone in charge of your healthcare directives for any eventualities that may arise. Our NC and SC estate lawyers will help you understand each document to ensure you make decisions that best match your goals for your heirs and estate.
Probate in North and South Carolina
Following someone’s death, their estate enters probate. If you have a will and trusts, your estate will be handled per your instructions. If you haven’t worked with a North or South Carolina estate planning attorney and don’t have a will or trust, your estate will be handled and divided according to probate laws.
The Probate Process
The probate process begins after a loved one’s passing, where a court will verify their will and trusts, then begin distributing their estate assets accordingly. This process can also be lengthy, time-consuming, and difficult for your family members. Without a will or trust, the court will appoint an executor who must legally and fairly handle your estate for all of your heirs, but may not act according to what would have been your wishes. The importance of advance planning and estate documents cannot be overstated.
Mergers & Acquisitions
If you own multiple businesses and want to combine them into one, you’ll have several steps to take to ensure the merger complies with all related laws. Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of NC and SC estate planning, including mergers and acquisitions, and can guide you through this process if you need it.
Medical Practice Planning
Medical practices face different issues regarding estate planning in NC and SC. There are often partners and extensive financial aspects to consider, so working with a North or South Carolina estate planning attorney is helpful to ensure everything is handled correctly.
High Net Worth Planning
If an individual with a high net worth passes without a will or trust, there could be a lot of contention between their heirs regarding what happens to their estate. To ensure your money, property, and other assets are handled exactly how you want them to be, speak with a NC or SC estate attorney today.
Special Needs Planning
If you have a child with special needs, you’ll want to account for their future in your estate planning. You should appoint a backup guardian in case you aren’t able to care for your child in the future and set up funds or a plan for your child’s care. If your child is about to turn 18, you’ll also need to apply to be their guardian if they are unable to care for themselves or make important decisions.
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Legal Planning for the Road Ahead
You’ve worked hard for your life and legacy, so it only makes sense to protect your estate and ensure it is distributed and preserved according to your wishes. At Collins Family & Elder Law Group, we assist you through every estate planning step, including creating a will, developing a trust, assigning a Power of Attorney, and more.
Proudly Serving Locations in NC and SC
We are proud to work with clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina for all their estate planning needs. You can contact us at our offices in either state to get started.
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