If one of your family members recently passed away, the grief alone may be more than you can handle. Thinking about all the legal details is likely to be the last thing in the world you want to do — yet it must be done. How do you make sure your loved one’s will is followed? How do you pay off that person’s creditors? How do you transfer property to those left behind?
I am probate law attorney The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford, and I am here to guide you through the entire process. You can rely on me to take the stress off your shoulders. Based in Gastonia, I serve families throughout Gaston County, North Carolina.
A person’s life is like a company. That person is the president of the company, and when he or she dies, the company may still owe money. The executor is essentially an interim president — someone appointed to pay any outstanding debts, distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries and make sure the will is followed. The executor’s job is to wrap up the company’s business and close it down.
The probate process is very convoluted, and it can take the better part of a year. You will need to deal with medical expenses, mortgages and other debts left behind. Plus, if you don’t do your job correctly, you can be sued.
With so much responsibility and so much at stake, it pays to have a probate lawyer on your side. I can answer your questions and walk you step by step through each requirement.
I also help individuals and families protect their family legacies through a full range of estate planning instruments such as wills, living wills and powers of attorney.