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Established Estate Planning Lawyers Give Clients in the Carolinas Peace of Mind

Concerned Attorneys Provide Comprehensive Guidance for a Range of Estate Matters

Planning an estate can be an overwhelming process. Though most people understand the need to get their final affairs in order, many put this off because they do not want to deal with the difficult issues involved. At Watts Law Group PLLC, serving clients in North and South Carolina, we understand the apprehension people often feel when it comes to estate planning, and our personable, down-to-earth approach puts our clients at ease. Our attorneys have more than four decades of combined experience in this area of the law, and our successful track record is a major reason so many individuals trust us to create estate plans that meet their specific goals.

Dedicated professionals assist with a range of estate planning instruments

Our in-depth knowledge of the estate planning process gives our clients the skilled representation they deserve. We work closely with you, taking the time to understand your unique needs so that we can develop creative solutions customized to meet those needs.

We can use a wide range of estate planning tools to accomplish your objectives:

  • Wills — A will is the foundation of your estate plan, laying out instructions for how you want your final affairs to be handled. Your will specifies how and to whom your property should be distributed after you pass. You can name an executor for your estate, leave your property to individuals and/or organizations, and appoint a guardian for minor children.
  • Living wills — A living will, also known as an advance directive or an advance healthcare directive, spells out your desires regarding end-of-life issues, specifying which medical procedures you wish under certain circumstances. A healthcare power of attorney designates a trusted individual to ensure your wishes regarding medical treatment will be followed in the event you become incapacitated.
  • Trusts — You may wish to establish a living, or revocable, trust, in addition to your will, to avoid probate and protect the privacy of your estate. While alive, you remain in charge of the assets within the trust. Upon death, the assets within the trust are distributed to the beneficiaries without the need for probate. Living trusts can be especially useful if you own property out of state and want your heirs to avoid the costly and protracted process of going through probate in another state.
  • Durable power of attorney — With a durable power of attorney, you appoint a trusted individual to be your agent, acting and making decisions for your welfare. This is especially useful for older adults who need assistance paying bills and managing finances.
  • Healthcare power of attorney — This power of attorney appoints someone you trust to make medical decisions for you. Often the power of attorney is executed but does not have legal force until the principal is incapacitated.

Your estate plan can be as complex or simple as you wish and your circumstances warrant. As estate planning attorneys, we are passionate about what we do, and we put in the time necessary to ensure there is no ambiguity regarding your intentions.

Experienced attorneys provide plans that protect assets and minimize taxes

Two of the major concerns people have when it comes to estate planning are minimizing taxes and the risk of challenges to the estate. We examine all available legal avenues to put together a comprehensive estate plan with an eye toward reducing taxes and minimizing the chances of litigation. We look closely at your specific circumstances to help determine if this or other options make sense.

Contact skilled estate planning attorneys serving the Carolinas  

For assistance with wills, trusts, and other estate planning instruments, contact the experienced and compassionate lawyers at Watts Law Group PLLC, who have offices in Shallotte and Leland, Brunswick County, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina. We offer evening hours by appointment. To schedule an initial consultation, call 910-579-6508 or contact us online. All of our attorneys are licensed to practice in North Carolina, and S. Denise Watts is also licensed in South Carolina.

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  • Shallotte Office
    4617 Main Street
    Shallotte, North Carolina 28470
    Phone: 910-579-6508
    Fax: 910-579-6510
  • Myrtle Beach Office
    4226 Mayfair Street
    Suite 204
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
    Phone: 800-639-7671
    Fax: 910-579-6510
  • Leland Office
    2002 South Baxter Drive
    Leland, North Carolina 28451
    Phone: 800-639-7671
    Fax: 910-579-6510