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Estate Planning

Experienced New Bern Lawyer Helps Clients Organize Their Affairs

Knowledgeable North Carolina attorney handles a variety of estate planning issues

Effectively addressing and planning for your family’s financial security is a critical responsibility regardless of your age or the size of your potential estate. At the Law Office of John W. King, Jr. in New Bern, I advise clients on a range of estate planning issues. With more than 40 years of experience, I am adept at identifying pivotal issues and creating innovative solutions to meet your goals. Whether you need to establish a living trust, draft a will or set up a guardianship, I will provide the highest level of legal support and work to protect your interests.

Dependable law firm addresses estate tax concerns

Minimizing estate taxes can be a concern when forming an estate plan if your estate is particularly valuable. Fortunately, North Carolina repealed its inheritance tax in 2013, and most individuals are exempt from federal estate tax requirements unless their estates are worth $11.7 million or more. If you anticipate falling into this group, there are a number of ways to limit your estate tax liability. I will thoroughly examine your situation and explain the available legal options.

Dedicated attorney creates trusts that meet your needs

Trusts can serve many different purposes and are typically used to control assets and expedite the distribution of an estate. Living trusts, for example, are often expressly created to avoid the costly and time-consuming probate process, while allowing the grantor to retain control of assets throughout their life. Special needs trusts, on the other hand, exist to give financial security to a family member with a physical or mental disability, without jeopardizing their public benefits. Whether you’re considering one of these types of trusts or have a different goal, I will help you find the right trust to fit your circumstances.

Accomplished counselor provides effective will drafting services

Wills are a central part of any estate plan and ensure you have a say in how your property is divided upon your death. Valid wills must be signed by the testator in front of two witnesses. I understand the importance of a will in your estate plan and will work to accurately document your wishes.

Highly skilled lawyer assists with guardianship matters

Guardianships may be established when an individual is unable to manage his/her personal and/or financial affairs. In these circumstances, a third party is appointed to make decisions on the person’s behalf. The level and breadth of authority granted is dependent on the facts of the case, and the incapacitated individual should still have a role in decision-making if possible. Guardianship has far-reaching implications, and I will help you decide if this arrangement is advisable in your case.

Contact a proven North Carolina attorney to schedule a consultation

At the Law Office of John W. King, Jr., PLLC I represent clients in Craven County and eastern North Carolina in estate planning matters. Please call or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my New Bern office.

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