Life Insurance

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

Posted on: November 14th, 2016
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. ...

Tax Planning for North Carolina Business Successions

Posted on: April 7th, 2015
While transferring business interests can have tax consequences, structuring a business succession plan with regard to tax law can help minimize tax burdens associated with business transfers to surviving family members when a business owner or partner dies. The Tax Foundation, a tax policy research group, ranks North Carolina Business Tax Climate Index as the...

Creditor Claims Against Decedents in North Carolina

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015
One of the many responsibilities executors have is ensuring that the decedent’s debts are satisfied. Creditor claims against estates in North Carolina generally fall into categories of priority. The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts provides the Order of Priority of Claims in Estate Procedures: Property liens up to the amount of the property...

3 Problems With Life Estate Title of Real Property

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014
Real estate laws in North Carolina allow property owners to create and convey remainder interests in real property, while retaining lifetime rights to the property (a life estate). ...

Estate Plan Update: New Life Insurance Option life insurance trust

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014
Life insurance can be a great estate planning tool. Payments generally do not go through probate, loved ones may not need to struggle financially after one’s death, and proceeds can be protected from creditors. ...

Mistakes in Beneficiary Designations

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014
Beneficiary designations are an important tool in estate planning – one must always remember that their terms trump the distributions provided in a decedent’s Will. Retirement accounts, life insurance, and other assets offer owners the power to entitle individuals to these assets upon the owner’s death. Errors could cost a surviving family member their expected share of a loved one’s estate, pass assets to an unintended party, incite family conflict, or cause unnecessary tax burdens for beneficiaries....
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