Thomas M. Cooley
Nobody can live forever, but instead of avoiding the inevitable, you can work with an estate planning attorney at Thomas-Walters to protect what’s important to you during your lifetime and after your death. With offices throughout the U.S., Thomas-Walters focuses their legal practice on estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate matters. Their estate planning attorneys create comprehensive, customized estate plans and estate planning strategies to meet your family and business needs and long-term goals. Thomas-Walters offers personal attention and trusted estate planning and probate advice to clients and their families in North Carolina and across the nation.
Whether you need to prepare a last will and testament, a trust, an advance medical directive, or a comprehensive estate plan that includes all of these documents and more, an estate planning attorney at Thomas-Walters will assess your current circumstances and guide you thoughtfully and effectively through the estate planning process. If your goal is avoiding probate and reducing taxes, simplifying an estate settlement, or ensuring that your instructions are carried out when that time comes, the estate planning attorneys at Thomas-Walters can make it happen for you.
Probate is the legal process that resolves someone’s financial affairs and transfers that person’s estate after death. The decedent’s creditors and taxes are paid, and what remains of the estate is distributed to the beneficiaries. Probate is necessary when someone who owned substantial assets dies with only a will – or without a will – but a number of disputes and difficulties can emerge in the probate process. A probate attorney at Thomas-Walters can guide your loved ones through the probate process after your death or help you create an estate plan that avoids probate entirely.
Do you really need an attorney’s estate planning services when you can easily download blank trust and will forms from the internet? Yes, you do, and for several important reasons. A number of difficulties and disputes among family members may arise when a trust or a last will and testament is not prepared properly, but an estate planning lawyer can provide valuable insights and sound guidance. For example, you may not know about estate planning alternatives that are perfect for you, but an attorney at Thomas-Walters will be familiar with all of your options.
Attorney Leslie Dillon Thomas is the author of the book Estate Planning in Texas, and she has received a number of legal awards and honors since graduating magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1993. Attorney Stacey Walters is a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University. In 2018, Stacey Walters was named one of the “10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Services” by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. With a number of experienced estate planning and probate lawyers and a dedicated legal staff, Thomas-Walters offers their vast experience and knowledge to estate planning clients in North Carolina and throughout the United States. To learn more, or to begin the estate planning process, call Thomas-Walters at (919) 424-8277.
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