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Raleigh Probate Lawyer


After a person’s death, trust and estate assets are transferred through the probate process. Trying to handle the estate administration process without outside guidance after the death of a loved one can be overwhelming.

The Raleigh probate lawyers at McNeil Law Firm can assist you with all aspects of the North Carolina probate process, including:

  • Probating the will– The will must be submitted to court along with sufficient evidence proving that the document is in fact the will of the deceased.
  • Identifying and gathering assets– All property of the estate must be identified, located and taken into possession so that it can be properly distributed.
  • Collecting money owed to the estate– Debts owed to the deceased or to the estate should be collected to maximize the value of the estate. Demands for payment, negotiations or legal proceedings may be necessary.
  • Appraising estate assets– Obtaining an accurate appraisal is essential to a full and fair distribution according to the terms of the will.
  • Handling claims / paying outstanding debts– Claims against the estate must be settled before distributions to heirs and beneficiaries can be made. Settling claims may include paying them from the estate or negotiating or litigating disputed claims.
  • Preparing estate tax returns and filings– Taxes owed by the estate also need to be paid before other distributions. The estate’s personal representative is also responsible for filing a final tax return at the closing of the estate.
  • Distributing assets according to the will– Gifts, bequests and devises are not always clearly spelled out in the will. Individuals may be named individually or only by class, and multi-generational transfers or other provisions can be confusing. Trust McNeil Law Firm to correctly interpret complicated will provisions and help the executor distribute assets in accordance with the testator’s wishes.
  • Preparing the final accounting– An accurate and complete accounting will help ensure that the estate is distributed properly and may help prevent or resolve disputes or challenges that may otherwise arise.

McNeil Law Firm attorneys have many years of probate law experience and will provide you with trusted and efficient legal counsel throughout the probate process.

Our Probate Lawyers Are Committed to You and Your Family

If you lack the time, resources and knowledge to handle the trust and estate probate process on your own, our skilled and compassionate probate lawyers are here to help you. Our Raleigh probate lawyers can also provide assistance in cases where there is no will or where the estate planning process was insufficient.

The information contained on this site is provided as a public service for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. The reader is advised to check for changes to current law and to consult with a qualified attorney on any legal issue before taking action of any kind. The information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or to create or imply the formation of a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and this firm.

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The information contained on this site is provided as a public service for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. The reader is advised to check for changes to current law and to consult with a qualified attorney on any legal issue before taking action of any kind. The information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or to create or imply the formation of a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and this firm.

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