Raleigh Estate Planning Attorney

Raleigh Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation Lawyers

Estate planning can be one of the most thoughtful, caring things you could do for your loved ones. Having a plan in place will allow those you care for to grieve your loss without simultaneously being burdened by complex financial decisions, tax issues and potential squabbling amongst your heirs.

The Raleigh estate planning attorneys at the law firm of Boxley, Bolton, Garber & Haywood, L.L.P., have more than 30 years of experience in estate planning and administration. Lawrence E. Bolton is a Board-certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Administration and former IRS Estate Attorney. Everett M. Bolton is one of four practicing attorneys in Wake County chosen by the Clerk of Superior Court to serve as the administrator of a decedent's estate or as the guardian of the estate of an incompetent individual when the clerk determines an appointment of an independent party is needed. We can efficiently and effectively create a plan that is unique to your situation, affordable and will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing your affairs are in good order.

Our goal is to use the estate planning tools available (will, living trust, irrevocable trust, charitable trust, power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, living will, etc.) to make sure you are preserving and protecting your assets during your life, as well as when you are gone, therefore avoiding and/or reducing estate and inheritance taxes, and that there is a plan in place in case you become unable to manage your affairs during life and, of course, to effectively pass you assets to your loved ones when that time comes.

Estate Administration Lawyers

Estate administration occurs after death — during a time that can be emotionally challenging, making it difficult for heirs and beneficiaries to make important decisions. For that reason, it is important to have an experienced estate administration attorney who is ready to step in and guide you and your loved ones during this time of grief. Our skilled lawyers have represented thousands of clients throughout North Carolina who were dealing with legal matters involving a wide range of estate issues, including:

  • Application for authority to administer the estate and begin the probate process (if a will exists)
  • Appointment of a fiduciary
  • Gathering assets and obtaining any necessary appraisals
  • Payment of creditors
  • Filing of estate and income tax returns
  • Payment of any taxes due (personal and business)
  • Distribution of assets to beneficiaries
  • Closing of the estate by filing a certification of termination

North Carolina Estate Probate Lawyers and Estate Litigation Attorneys

Estate litigation can be contentious when it involves theft, fraud, undue influence, questions of competency, breach of fiduciary duty, trustee misconduct and creditor lawsuits. If you are facing any of these issues, it is imperative that you use an attorney who is skilled in estate litigation. At Boxley, Bolton, Garber & Haywood, L.L.P., we have several attorneys skilled and experienced in handling estate litigation matters.

Lawrence Bolton

Everett M. Bolton

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