Category Archives: Estate Planning

Don’t keep too many secrets

Who knows your “secret” passwords?  A problem we encounter in probate is obtaining access to password protected information on the internet.  If your Executor does not know how to access your online information, it could be lost.  We encounter issues … Continue reading

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Legally Speaking

A headline in the ABA Journal recently says “Bilingual Lawyers in Demand.” If you are a non-lawyer reader of this, you might be saying to yourself that all lawyers seem to be bilingual –  Legalese and what the rest of … Continue reading

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Buyer Beware

A client called regarding a home he purchased at a foreclosure auction.  The house is rented, and the tenant sent to the client a letter addressed to “the estate of the previous owner.”  A second foreclosure is now in progress.  … Continue reading

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When should you update your Estate Planning Documents?

Have things changed in your life since you signed your Estate Planning documents? Regardless of your age, family situation, career path, I would be expect those circumstances have changed. As an attorney, as a father, as an investor looking to … Continue reading

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Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Property Issues

The North Carolina Court of Appeals in a case filed October 4, 2011, in the matter of Tripp v. Tripp, held that the Superior Court of New Hanover County lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the claims by one of the … Continue reading

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Who is Responsible for The Debts of a Deceased Parent?

A child is not responsible for the funeral expenses of a deceased parent, unless the child has personally signed for the arrangements.  In the absence of a pre-planned funeral arrangement, often referred to as a “pre-need” arrangement, the person(s) who … Continue reading

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Life Time Rights in Real Property

Life time rights to a home means that during her lifetime, the person with the life time rights has possession and control over the property only until her death.  At death, the title to the land passes to some other … Continue reading

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