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Estoppel & Estate Challenges in NC

Posted on May 20, 2019 in News

Will Caveat Issue: What if the caveator has already accepted property under the will he/she wants to attack? Does the Doctrine of Estoppel apply? Estoppel General Rule: one who accepts the benefits under a will is estopped to contest the will’s validity. General Rule 2: ‘One cannot be estopped by accepting that which he would be legally entitled to receive in any event.’ Lamanski, 149 N.C. App. at 651, 561 S.E.2d at 540 (citing Mansour v. Rabil, 277 N.C. 364, 177 S.E.2d 849 (1970); quoting In re Will of Peacock, 18 N.C. App. 554, 556, 197 S.E.2d 254, 255 (1973)). Said...

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New North Carolina Power of Attorney Law

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in News

New Power of Attorney laws went into effect on January 1, 2018. These will help prevent misappropriation of principal’s funds by the agent (the “POA”). For more information on the legislations, here’s an article by the NC School of Government: Judicial Relief under the New GS Chapter 32C, the North Carolina Uniform Power of Attorney Act W. Kirk Sanders, Attorney Hendrick Bryant Nerhood Sanders & Otis, LLP 723 Coliseum Dr. Ste. 101 Winston-Salem, NC 27106 Telephone: (336)723-7200 Facsimile: (336)723-7201 Home Will Caveats & Fiduciary Abuses/ Condemnation Cases...

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Opening and Inventory of Decedent’s Safe-Deposit Box

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in News

§ 28A-15-13. Opening and inventory of decedent’s safe-deposit box. In an estate, many valuable are kept in a safe deposit box. These boxes should be opened with care and with due caution. It is recommended in the situation where it is not required (See below), that the executor open the box in the presence of an independent person and the beneficiaries. That way everyone is present who has an interest in the contents of the safe-deposit box. If no one has the Clerk’s authority, no one can enter an individual’s safe deposit box without the Clerk (see section (b) below)....

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Plan for Dividing up Assets of Parent’s estate

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in challenging a last will and testament, News

Issue: How to prevent estate litigation between heirs Parents/Testators- be specific in your gifts. Have a plan for dividing up personal property. Beware of just saying “all my personal property to be divided in equal shares between my four children”. If you do that, you may cause the kids to fight over the same items. Tracy Bennett, a clinical psychologist, experienced this. She learned from the experience and designed methods to help families divide estates. A link to a NY Times article is below. She makes this point: “I ask parents to think just for a second what it would be like on...

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Contesting a Will in NC – Testamentary Capacity

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in challenging a last will and testament, Contesting a Will, News

When contesting a will in NC based on lack of capacity, the general rule is: A testator-decedent has testamentary capacity if he: – comprehends the natural objects of his bounty; – understands the kind, nature, and extent of his property; – knows the manner in which he desires his act to take effect; and – realizes the effect his act will have upon his estate. This is the general rule. It means that even if someone is insane, they could still possibly have testamentary capacity. In addition, just because someone cannot read or write, they can still make a will. The...

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