Probate

Charlotte Area Attorneys Bring Decades of Experience to Probating Wills in North Carolina

Law firm offers full range of estate planning services

At John F. Hanzel, P.A., we have decades of experience working with clients to probate wills. Handling estate planning issues for more than 30 years, we understand what it takes to successfully work with personal representatives, executors, administrators and probate court judges to wind up the affairs of an estate and distribute property to beneficiaries.

Probate is the court-supervised process by which a person’s affairs are settled after death. An important part of the probate process is to validate the last will and testament. Probate is necessary for beneficiaries listed in a will to receive title to property that has been left to them. If there is no last will and testament, probate distributes the decedent’s property to relatives in accordance with the laws of intestacy in North Carolina.

Our attorneys also help clients with a full range of estate planning services, including powers of attorney, living wills and guardianship issues for children or persons unable to care for themselves.

How do you probate a will?

Probate requires filing various papers with the probate court located in the county where the deceased permanently resided at the time of his or her death. The process generally begins when the administrator or executor of the deceased person makes an initial filing.

The process of probate is complex and requires significant paperwork. Use of a probate lawyer is highly advisable for most administrators or executors. Executors may be close family members of the deceased and lack special training or knowledge in the area of probate. Experienced administrators also need legal counsel because of the obligations imposed upon them by law.

Among other things, a probate court may oversee the following matters:

  • Qualifying personal representatives
  • Proving the validity of a will
  • Inventorying the estate to identify assets
  • Preparing and filing an accounting of the estate
  • Notifying and paying creditors of the estate
  • Preparing and filing various tax returns
  • Paying taxes and debts of the estate
  • Distributing remaining property in accordance with the decedent’s will or laws of intestacy

Our experienced probate attorneys are ready to serve you

At John F. Hanzel, P.A., we know the local probate courts. When you need an experienced and competent probate attorney to assist you in winding up the affairs of an estate, we are ready to help. Contact us at 704-892-1375 or online today. Saturday appointments are available. Our office serves clients in Cornelius, Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, Lincolnton, Davidson, Lake Norman and the surrounding areas. Se habla español.