North Carolina Wills, Estates & Probate Attorney Helping You Plan

Whether you are planning the care or support of family members upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, trusts and estates attorney James L. Blomeley, Jr. at Blomeley Law Firm can help. We have more than 30 years of experience assisting with all aspects of estate issues, including:

  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, we consider how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting your personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires.

Please note that we do not undertake estate planning for very large estates, involving complex tax issues

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet — making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Probate
We understand that the process of probate follows a time of painful emotional loss. We can ease the stress of probating the estate.

We assist executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in North Carolina probate court, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the North Carolina probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, we maintain a composed courtroom demeanor. This helps calm the emotionally-charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, we can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, we assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the North Carolina probate court.

Contact an estate planning lawyer you can trust at Blomeley Law Firm
Call Blomeley Law Firm at (828) 837-3261 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.