If it's time to talk with your parents about estate planning but you're not quite sure how to start, these five tips from Ampersand Law will help you begin the conversation.Read More
Q: What makes a Will legal?
A: North Carolina allows for three kinds of Wills and what makes each legal varies based on the type.
The basic requirements for each type are:Read More
A safe deposit box (aka safety deposit box) is a great place to store valuable and/or important things, right? (Wondering, "what is a safe deposit box?" Click here.) Well, it depends (and yeah, it's totally fine to insert a groan here for this classic lawyer non-response).Read More
First things first:
How a Will is made and what is can (and cannot) do is controlled by state law.
Different states allow different types of Wills.
The Executor (or Executrix or Personal Representative) is the person (or people) you name in your Will who will be responsible for carrying out the terms of the document after you die. The exact duties vary from state to state, and can even vary within a state based on the specifications of different Wills. But, generally speaking, an Executor is responsible for things like:Read More
A note of introduction from Heather: Amber Sniff is a patient advocate in Durham, NC. She was an ICU and ER nurse for 10 years and now works to guide patients and their families through the health care system. Amber and I have had a number of conversations about her work now, as well as her experience as a nurse, and the interesting ways all of it intersects with my work as an estate planning attorney.Read More
Why haven't you gotten your estate planning done yet? If your answer is "I don't know where to start," you're not alone.
Two bits of good news:Read More
You're asking for a friend, right?
Don't worry, I won't tell.
Here are the basics:Read More
Your Will controls what happens to your probate property when you die. (What's probate property? Dive deep into the blog archive here to find out). And....Probate property is subject to probate...Read More
Q: If you are "intestate," do you call a doctor or a lawyer?
A: Good news - as long as you're alive, you'r not yet "intestate" but you might be when you die.Read More
QUESTION: Single people don't need wills, right?
ANSWER: It depends on what you want to happen to your property when you die AND what types of property you own at your death.Read More
Sometimes when I'm speaking with a potential client - they ask me why they should work with an attorney when they could just buy a will off the internet. It's a valid question - and as someone who enjoys DIY and bargains - I can appreciate the initial appeal.Read More
Starting a conversation with your loved ones (whether it be your parents, your partner, your siblings, your children, or others) about estate planning can feel overwhelming for many reasons. Here are five tips to help you begin.Read More
QUESTION: When should I rewrite my will?
ANSWER: It depends on what has changed in your life since it was first written. Keep reading to find out some of the most common times when revision is either a good idea or even necessary.Read More
Whether you know it or not, in estate planning terms all of your property falls into one of two categories: probate or non-probate. This matters because Wills typically only control what happens to probate property. (And if you're currently sighing a bit and thinking, “here we go...” you're not alone.)Read More
If your social media feed is anything like mine the past 4-ish weeks, it's been filled with all sorts of people trying to change their life through the magic of tidying up, thanks to Marie Kondo and / or getting cozy at home through a different kind of magic called hygge. In other words, a new year.Read More
Estate planning can be intimidating for many reasons, but when your spouse/partner is not a U.S. Citizen, it can feel even more overwhelming.Read More
There are many reasons people avoid Estate Planning. If you're one of those folks who is avoiding it, you're not alone!Read More
The thought of creating even more legal documents while going through a divorce, as well as after a divorce, probably isn’t high on anyone’s list. But estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc.*) is something very important to consider, discuss, and take care of as a part of the divorce process - particularly if you are co-parenting children with someone to whom you are no longer married.Read More
Today (Halloween) is a holiday with a rich backstory. A quick skim of the Wikipedia page on Halloween reveals a number of traditions celebrating today (and the few days that follow) as a way to honor the memories of our loved ones who have died. The timing of Abundance NC's annual Death Faire (this year, November 3 in Pittsboro) is not coincidental. They offer this event as "an attempt at changing our culture around death, dying, and ultimately living well."Read More