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Make Your Will Your Own!

I once read that Robert Lewis Stevenson gave his birthday to his friend, Annie. (You might expect this from the author of Treasure Island.) It was said that Annie was born on December 25th and constantly complained about this inconvenience.…

Soil and Sorrow

People own land. This concept is as old as dirt. Still, I sometimes daydream about how land was transferred in the days before government agencies regulated out all of the chaos and fun. I envision a scenario where a person…

Keys to Your Kingdom

Choosing who will act for you financially under a power of attorney if you become incompetent is difficult. This person, known as the attorney-in-fact, has the keys to your kingdom. For example, they can pay your bills, make investment decisions,…

Turf Wars

You may recall the words of Gerald O’Hara (Scarlett’s daddy): “Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” Would Gerald like your estate…

Mama Said That Was Mine

The stories of estate beneficiaries fighting about money are a bit exaggerated. Usually it is clear how to distribute the money, the stocks, and the real property through the deceased’s will, trust or the North Carolina statutes that control if…

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