Winston-Salem Estate Administration Lawyers

Our attorneys are dedicated to serving the legal needs of our clients in probate and estate matters. We help our clients litigate, defend, and settle probate issues. Our attorneys are knowledgeable of the requirements necessary to facilitate probate matters and often assist executors, administrators, personal representatives and heirs in taking the required steps to begin the estate process.

If you are a personal representative, whether an executor or administrator of an estate, you may be uncertain of your rights and responsibilities. The personal representative is responsible for the commencement of the administration of an estate and once qualified, must inventory the decedent’s assets, determine the decedent’s debts and pay the debts prior to making distributions to the decedent’s beneficiaries or heirs. Such responsibility can often be overwhelming. As experienced lawyers in the estate administration process, we assist clients by

  • Preparing an application for admission of a will for probate
  • Qualifying an administrator or executor
  • Making and filing the accountings of the assets of the estate
  • Locating heirs
  • Obtaining necessary property valuations
  • Determining the priority and order of payment of debts and taxes
  • Overseeing the distribution of the decedent’s property as provided by a Will or by law

Probate matters can be very emotional, and disputes often arise during the probate process. Our skilled probate litigation attorneys are familiar with the methods of defending or asserting probate claims. In probate litigation cases, North Carolina has very stringent guidelines, and it is imperative that you meet the deadlines. If a deadline is missed, the probate court may choose to not proceed with the case; therefore, we recommend immediately seeking legal counsel in probate litigation matters.

Stroud & Panetti, P.C.’s attorneys are knowledgeable and adept in the administration of estates. We understand the emotional turmoil that often accompanies probate matters and are attentive and considerate of your particular situation. We are here to protect you and your rights and help determine practical solutions to existing problems. Our attorneys want to put our more than twenty-five years of experience to work for you. Please call us for a consultation.