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Process to Contest a Will

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in challenging a last will and testament, Contesting a Will

In North Carolina, to contest a will there is the following general process: 1) Caveat filing. This is the complaint to be filed by the attorneys for the caveators or challengers of the will. It’s filed in Superior Court in the county where the will was probated. This has to be filed within 3 years of the time of death/probate of will. 2) Bond paid to the clerk for the Caveat. Not a large bond. 3) Order to suspend estate except for maintenance. The Caveator’s attorney files this to be signed by the Clerk in the Estates division. Keeps the assets of the estate from being distributed prior to...

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Producing a Will in NC

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Contesting a Will, NC Estate Litigation Attorney

Yes this does happen. You know the decedent did a will. Maybe they even showed you. But now that they died, Cousin/Sibling X went through the house and now the Will is gone. Perhaps Cousin X didn’t get exactly what they wanted in Decedent’s will. Maybe Cousin X has ulterior motives, eg. clean out the possessions beforehand or try to inherit intestate or they were disinherited. You can guess their motives. Nonetheless, not you can’t find the testator’s Last Will & Testament. In this situation, the Courts in North Carolina permit someone to file an application or an affidavit....

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Estate Challenge- failure to distribute (in NC)

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in NC Estate Litigation Attorney

One type of challenge in an estate is the failure of the Executor to carry out his or her duties. So, the will is fine, but the person fails to either 1) pay bills of the estate, 2) file accountings with the clerk, or 3) distribute assets to the beneficiaries. The basic rules in Chapter 28A require the executor (aka personal representative or administrator) to perform their duties. Below is the Statute. If you have problems with the executor failing to perform the duties, call NC Will Contest Attorney Kirk Sanders at 336-723-7200. § 28-A-132. General duties; relation to persons interested in...

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Contesting a Will Litigation in NC

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in challenging a last will and testament

Will Contests a/k/a Will Caveats are a mysterious kind of case in the civil litigation realm. They are unique. Lawsuits challenging a wills validity are an in rem proceeding. This means it’s a lawsuit describing the power a court may exercise over property. Colloquilly will contests are called breaking a will Typically, these are emotionally charged cases, much like a domestic case. Most times family members are pitted against each other. For example, siblings vs. siblings. Children vs. stepparent, cousins vs. cousins, etc. The procedure to follow in a will contest in North Carolina is...

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Elective Share Spouses Estates NC Attorney

Posted on May 14, 2015 in Fiduciary Litigation Attorney NC, NC Estate Litigation Attorney, News

Case of Elective share. There’s one person in NC that can’t be disinherited from an estate. It’s the dead person’s spouse. If a spouse is written out of a will, then that spouse has options. Kirk Sanders, Estate Litigation Attorney, has handled these types of cases. This also applies if the surviving spouse is not given enough by the dead spouse’s estate. One situation included a stipulation in the will that the surviving spouse received a life estate in a piece of property on the condition that he not co-habitate with other women. Our firm’s estate litigation attorneys were able...

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