Beard Law assists clients upon the death of a family member in probating wills and carrying out directives in paying estate claims, taxes and bequests to beneficiaries under wills and trusts.
Beard Law will prepare accountings to the court and other necessary court filings in order to make the probate process as clear and smooth as possible so that clients can focus on other important family matters.
Whether you are concerned about who will inherit your property or who will take care of your family in the event of your death, a Will can be prepared which will execute your wishes and alleviate any concerns you have and put your mind at ease. Depending on your situation, it may be recommended that a Trust be implemented to provide for your children, avoid probate or achieve a number of goals you wish to implement.
It is also important to have Health Care and General Power of Attorneys to ensure there is someone to represent your interest should you become incapacitated.
An Advance Directive/Living Will, which will specify your wishes regarding any life-preserving medical treatment, can also be prepared.
There are times when it is necessary for a person to go through a guardianship proceeding because they are incapable of handling his or her own financial or personal affairs or there is a minor in need of a guardian. Beard Law can assist with this proceeding and help clients through the paperwork and hearing.
The process for a legal name change in North Carolina can sometimes be confusing. We can assist you with the legal name change process for both adults and minors. In North Carolina, in order to change one’s name for reasons aside from adoption, legitimation, or resumption of maiden/pre-marriage surnames, “good and sufficient reason” must be found. Applications for name changes for “good and sufficient reason” must be filed in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where an individual resides. There are a number of documents that must accompany your application, which can vary depending on your specific situation.
We can help you navigate this process.
When non-married co-owners of real property no longer wish to own property together, partition may be necessary. In North Carolina, partition actions are special proceedings that are initiated by the filing of a petition in the Clerk’s Office of the county where the property is located. The issue before the Clerk is, can the property be divided or must it be sold?
Property ownership issues can be complex. Beard Law can help.