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What You Can – And Can’t – Do During the Guilford County Probate Process

What You Can – And Can’t – Do During the Guilford County Probate Process

When a loved one passes, beyond the emotional pain there are many other matters to consider. After someone dies , there’s the legal obligation of administering an estate, which often includes probate. Guilford County probate is court supervised estate administration. It’s the process by which the decedent’s estate is settled and distributed to the people…

Be Careful When Leaving Assets to Underage Beneficiaries | Greensboro Will and Trust Lawyer

Be Careful When Leaving Assets to Underage Beneficiaries | Greensboro Will and Trust Lawyer

As a Greensboro will and trust lawyer, I’ve worked with many grandparents interested in leaving a legacy behind for their grandchildren. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them they could be causing more harm than good if they aren’t careful. Imagine this for a moment; what would you have done if you…

Thinking of Adding Your Child to Your Bank Account? Think Again!

Thinking of Adding Your Child to Your Bank Account? Think Again!

Maybe it seems like common sense to be adding your child to your bank account, so they can help pay bills. This can be convenient, but people often don’t realize that the child will have more authority than to just sign checks. Adding your child to your bank account means that the bank would let…

Greensboro Estate Lawyer Warns, “Without a Power of Attorney, You May Not Be Able to Speak for Your Spouse”

Greensboro Estate Lawyer Warns, “Without a Power of Attorney, You May Not Be Able to Speak for Your Spouse”

As a Greensboro estate lawyer, one thing that surprises many of my clients is that Powers of Attorney are necessary even for married couples. People automatically assume that their spouse will be able to handle everything on their behalf if they become incapacitated. This is not usually the case. A Power of Attorney is a…

Guilford County Elder Law Attorney: What Can Adult Children Do When Elder Parents Need Help and the Spouse Disagrees?

Guilford County Elder Law Attorney: What Can Adult Children Do When Elder Parents Need Help and the Spouse Disagrees?

It’s a common story among blended families: an aging parent becomes ill and the parent’s biological children clash with the parent’s spouse. While some of these disagreements are generally small, there are times when the disagreements are not only great, but the child also fears for the parent’s health and safety. Even though spouses have…

Critical Post-Divorce Estate Planning Checklist | Guilford County Estate Planning Attorneys

Critical Post-Divorce Estate Planning Checklist | Guilford County Estate Planning Attorneys

Guilford County estate planning attorneys know, a divorce changes everything. If you are in the process of divorce or just finishing up, you are most likely busy trying to readjust to your new life. Although it’s a hectic time, it is important that you do not forget that you need to update your estate plan.…

Greensboro Will and Trust Lawyer: Creative Ways to Leave “Intangible Assets” To Your Loved Ones

Greensboro Will and Trust Lawyer: Creative Ways to Leave “Intangible Assets” To Your Loved Ones

When most people think about estate planning, they picture money and property. But, as a Greensboro will and trust lawyer, I see more and more people adding intangible assets to their estate plan. Intangible assets might be things that have no monetary value, but are nonetheless important to the family. They may include personal letters,…

You Plan for Date Night – But Not for Your Kids Future?!

You Plan for Date Night – But Not for Your Kids Future?!

Greensboro will and trust attorney Dennis Toman asks, “Are you planning for your children’s future?” Picture this – you get an opportunity to spend some alone time with your spouse. What do you do to prepare for date night? You carefully select a babysitter. Then, you write detailed instructions; when to feed the baby, how…

Guilford County Special Needs Lawyer: Special Needs Trusts Protect Government Benefits and MUCH More

Guilford County Special Needs Lawyer: Special Needs Trusts Protect Government Benefits and MUCH More

Unfortunately, many parents of children with special needs wait until their child turns 18 to consider creating a Special Needs Trust. Sometimes, they even wait until their child eventually needs government benefits like SSI or Medicaid. However, Special Needs Trusts do a lot more than just protect the beneficiary’s access to government benefits and should…

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