Wills and Estate

More Than 50 Years Of Trustworthy Estate Planning Services

Your estate comprises all the assets and debts you have accrued in your life. It is important that every adult have a will and an estate plan so you can pass your assets on to the people you love with minimal state interference.

I can help you accomplish this goal. I am Charles K. McCotter Jr., Attorney at Law. For more than 50 years, I have helped the people of North Carolina with a variety of fairly priced legal services involving family law, business law and estate planning. You can turn to me for reliable, trustworthy counsel about how to prepare your estate for the event of accident, illness or death.

What Should My Estate Plan Have In It?

I take a personalized approach to every client’s estate plan, since every client is unique. However, there are a few things that all estate plans should have. Some of these documents include:

  • A will: You use this to select your beneficiaries and the assets that should go to each.
  • A health care power of attorney:  You select someone you trust who would sign off on medical decisions if you became unable to make decisions about your medical care.
  • A financial power of attorney: Similarly, you can identify a trusted individual to handle your finances if you lose your capacity to manage your own affairs.
  • A living will or advance directive: Let your doctors and loved ones know how to approach your medical care, including your wishes regarding life support and end-of-life care.
  • Trusts, if needed: You can pass assets to someone you love by putting them in a trust, which bypasses the probate process and provides an extra level of protection.

Assistance With The Duties of Estate Administration (Probate)

In addition to drafting legally sound estate planning tools, I can help if you have been named as the personal representative for the estate of a loved one who has passed. I can walk you through the probate and estate administration process, including gathering assets, locating heirs, paying debts of the estate and distributing the remainder.

Discuss Your Estate Planning With A Lawyer Today

When you need to create a will or update an existing one, you can come to me for assistance. Request an initial consultation today for more information. You can reach my New Bern law office at 252-635-1005 or you can send me an email.