Estate Law

Wills & Estate Planning Information

Are you thinking about the future?

You want to be prepared for it all and Attorney Ryan B. Addison is here to assist you. You’ll really be able to feel comfortable moving forward with all of your estate planning with his help.

Choose a true professional with over 10 years of experience to guide you.

You won’t find a more responsive, effective representation anywhere else in Davie or Rowan County. If you’re worried about conflict, don’t be. Mr. Addison is a certified mediator who is able to calmly walk everyone through a dispute.

Make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for it all:

When you want an understanding, compassionate lawyer, there is only one person to trust. Call Attorney Ryan B. Addison at 704-603-4275 to schedule an appointment today!

Advance Directives/Powers of Attorney

Equally as important as estate planning is making sure that you have properly executed advance directives. Advance directives are documents that inform your family and loved ones, as well as health care professionals, of your wishes when you no longer possess the ability to do so. The information in these directives relates to financial, legal, and health related issues.

We have assisted countless clients in crafting these documents, so call the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison and get the peace of mind you deserve by knowing that these important issues have been resolved. Advance Directives commonly consist of the following:

Durable (or Financial) Power of Attorney (“POA”)

This power of attorney appoints an agent and empowers that person to handle all of your financial affairs. A Financial Power of Attorney can be immediately active or it can be springing, meaning that your designated agent can only act after two physicians agree that you do not have the capacity to manage your own affairs.

Health Care Power of Attorney (“HCPOA”)

This power of attorney appoints an agent and empowers that person to make important decisions about your medical treatment if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make such decisions. The HCPOA that our firm drafts typically includes a Living Will. A Living Will instructs your doctor regarding your wishes about extending your life or, in the alternative, withholding extraordinary measures and/or artificial nutrition and hydration when you are terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state.

Estate Administration / Probate Attorney

When a person dies, his or her estate must be distributed according to the will. If the decedent did not leave a will, the North Carolina intestacy laws govern the administration of the decedent’s estate. The process requires filing multiple documents with the court, record keeping, and inventorying; it can be overwhelming for a family who has just lost a loved one. The Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison offers a full range of estate administration services; we can start from the beginning or take it from where you left off.

Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts Attorney

Estate planning enables a person to control what happens to his or her assets at the end of his or her life. A will is the most basic estate-planning tool and is used to direct the distribution of the decedent’s estate. Other tools, such as trusts, may be useful, depending on the size of the person’s estate and whether there are dependent or disabled loved ones in the picture. Depending on your goals, your estate plan may allow your estate to avoid probate entirely. Do not leave these important issues to chance by allowing the State to decide what happens. Call the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison and take control of the outcome of your assets.

Guardianships Attorney

When a family member is no longer able to handle his or her own affairs and has not made appropriate plans by assigning a power of attorney, guardianship may be in order. Guardianship is the most severe form of judicial intervention under civil law, excepting only involuntary commitment. Because of the drastic nature of guardianship, our office takes very seriously the need for dedicated, caring advocacy in the establishment and administration of guardianships.

The Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison represents clients on all sides of guardianship litigation matters. We can serve as counsel to the petitioner, counsel to the respondent, or as guardian ad litem. If one of the below scenarios sounds familiar, call us for help:

  • We can assist in determining when a person’s diminished capacity requires formal court guardianship and can counsel family members about the legal issues involved. We then guide the family through the guardianship process, from start to finish.
  • At times, we represent persons who are opposed to the proposed guardianship. In those situations, the guardianship process becomes an adversarial proceeding, in which we will seek to prove to the court that guardianship is not appropriate.
  • We represent family members who agree that guardianship is appropriate, but who do not agree with the proposed choice of a guardian by the court. In those types of contested guardianship appointments, our firm advocates for our client’s ability to best serve the incompetent person’s interests as the best choice as a guardian.
  • After the guardianship has been established, we advise individual and corporate guardians concerning their powers and responsibilities in administering the guardianship estate.

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