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Experienced North Carolina Trusts and Estates Attorneys

With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Wilkins, Wellons & Coats possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Will drafting and execution

Estate planning
We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.

Probate
We apply our extensive knowledge about the North Carolina probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the North Carolina probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Valuating the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skilled mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Contact the meticulous estate planning lawyers at Wilkins, Wellons & Coats
Call Wilkins, Wellons & Coats at 919-934-0553 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.