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Wills & Estate Administration
At Congdon Law we can help you prepare your:
Last Will and Testament
Durable Power of Attorney
Healthcare Power of Attorney
Is opening an estate file necessary? If the deceased did not have property then opening an estate file may not be necessary. There are procedures for handling small estates so that a vehicle can be transferred without opening an estate file. For simple estates you may be able to title your property to avoid probate of your Will. The purpose of probate is to distribute a person's estate after his/her death according to the Will or North Carolina General Statutes for estates without a Will. When a person dies, the person's assets and property must first be used to satisfy debts. After all debts are paid, the remaining assets and property are distributed among persons named in the Will or, if the person died without a Will, the person's assets and property are distributed among the family members specified by intestate succession pursuant to North Carolina law.