Posted on November 21, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

3 Errors North Carolina Executors Might Encounter Without Legal Counsel

When it comes to legal matters, it’s not in the executor’s best interest nor the best interest of the estate or its beneficiaries to rely on a DIY effort. The most important issue executors should understand is that executors are held personally responsible for probate errors and mistakes, regardless if the blunder was unintentional. […]

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Penalties for Executors Due to Attorney Fault

A recent court ruling serves as a reminder of the personal financial liability executors may face even when they retain a probate attorney. Executors may be held legally responsible for errors in estate administration - even an attorney's errors. […]

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Steps to Take After a Spouse’s Death in North Carolina

A surviving spouse is often required to provide immediate attention to matters related to probate (much of which might be unfamiliar to them) even as they process and adjust to their loss and grief. […]

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

NC Marriage Ruled Valid Despite Lack of Marriage License: How This Affects Estates

North Carolina courts denied a wife’s claim to her spousal share since no marriage license existed. However, the wife filed an appeal, and the appellate court judge ruled that the absence of a marriage license does not invalidate a marriage, thus allowing the wife to claim a spousal share. […]
Category: Probate Tags: Estates, Administration

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Updating Revocable Trusts in North Carolina

Updates to one’s revocable trust may be made by an amendment or a complete restatement. An amendment updates a specific part of the trust, while a restatement updates the entire trust. […]

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Caveat to IRA Contributions

Retirement account owners should be aware of a requirement that must be fulfilled in order to contribute to an individual retirement account: compensation income. Annual contribution limits for retirement accounts are common knowledge, but account owners don’t often consider that the ability to contribute is conditional. […]
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Posted on September 23, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Overview of North Carolina’s Digital Assets Act

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law over the summer of 2016 that allows digital account holders to provide a fiduciary with authority to manage their digital assets. The Act modifies various provisions of North Carolina statutes to conform to the new law, including the North Carolina power of attorney form. […]

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

What Executors Should Know About Digital Assets in North Carolina Probate

In late June 2016, the North Carolina governor signed Senate Bill 805, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, into law. The Act provides that trustees, executors, agents under powers of attorney, and other fiduciary parties in North Carolina may be granted authorities over electronic records and communications of another user. […]

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

Asset Protection Risks From Prior Marriages

Remarriage after divorce or the death of a spouse poses unique issues that individuals entering a first marriage generally do not have to navigate. […]

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Gregory Herman-Giddens

3 Tax Benefits the 50+ Crowd Enjoys

Although many tax regulations fluctuate based on the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income, some tax provisions are instead based on the taxpayer’s age. Knowing when an individual will enjoy certain tax benefits can help to guide tax planning. North Carolina taxpayers aged 50 and older enjoy several tax advantages. […]


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