Everyone Should Have A Will And Power Of Attorney


Estate planning involves answering difficult questions and considering events that seem far in the future, but it is something that everyone needs to address. Do you own a home? Are you married? Do you have children? Everyone should have an estate plan in place consisting of at least a last will and testament, a durable power of attorney and a health care power of attorney.

Blanton Law Firm, P.A., advises families in Salisbury and the surrounding area on matters involving wills, estates and probate. Our representation is affordable and complete. In your first consultation, our lawyer will discuss your individual family situation and help you determine which documents will help accomplish your goals. When our attorney has drafted the necessary documents, we will schedule a conference with you to explain the terms and answer any additional questions you may have.

Avoid Unintended Consequences With Our Help

Wills and other estate documents must be executed according to strict standards under North Carolina statutes. Estate plans that are not carefully drafted or have not been updated can lead to costly problems later, which is why you should have an attorney draft or review all documents.

Common probate issues involve:

  • Having no plan in place: If you do not have a will, your assets will be distributed according to state intestacy laws. If you do not have a living will or health care power of attorney, you may not know who will have the final say in your medical treatment should you become incapacitated.
  • Validity: If a will or other document does not meet statutory requirements, it can be deemed invalid. Wills that are handwritten or drafted in a different state are frequent issues. Without a valid will, intestacy laws will control the distribution of your assets.
  • Ambiguity: There are a lot of inexpensive options for completing wills or powers of attorney on your own. We caution that these are often standard forms that can lead to terms that are unclear or fail to include alternative options. Any ambiguity can lead to serious disagreement between family members or a result not intended by you.

Has A Lawyer Reviewed Your Estate Plan Lately? Contact Us.

Whether you are considering drafting a will for the first time or simply need us to update your current documents, we can help. Contact our law office to schedule your initial consultation. Talk to us directly by calling 704-870-7495. If you prefer to send us your information and have us call you back, please complete our online form.