Estate Planning

Fickey Martinez Law Firm Provides NC Estate Planning

estate-planning-probate-attorney-jacksonville-nc-fickey-martinez-lawIf you have not taken the time to put an estate plan in place wherein you direct how your assets are distributed upon your death, you are leaving it up to the courts to distribute your assets in compliance with the statutory rules in North Carolina. Too often, people forget that if you do not have a valid will or have taken the time to draw up a trust that your assets become part of your estate and therefore are determined by the probate court.

What You Need to Know about Wills

While many people create a will to distribute their belongings to family members and charities, what they may not know is their will must be submitted to the probate court. Once this process begins, everything in your estate becomes public information and your family loses all measure of privacy. This is one reason why many people elect to form a trust.

What Makes Trusts Different?

When you create a trust, typically you will name yourself as the initial trustee. Upon your death the named successor trustee is tasked with performing all of the duties explained in the trust including distribution of your assets. This process is private; because trusts need not go through the probate process. This means that all your private financial matters stay just that way: Private. In addition, transferring property into a trust may offer you certain tax benefits and it allows for greater control over exactly how your estate is distributed. For example, rather than a lump sum distribution to a beneficiary, you may want gifts to be distributed over time; trusts offer you that type of flexibility.

Not Sure You Need an Estate Plan?

Estate planning is important regardless of the size of your estate. If you live in the North Carolina cities: Jacksonville, Pink Hill, Seven Springs, Rose Hill, Wallace, Magnolia, Swansboro, Morehead City, Beaufort, Kinston, Beulaville, Richlands, New Bern, Burgaw, Kenansville, and the surrounding counties: Onslow County, Pender County, Carteret County, Duplin County, Jones County, Lenoir County, Craven County or Carteret County Fickey Martinez Law Firm can help you get started.

Below are our fees for Estate Planning:

Category Fees
NC Simple Spousal Will: $200
NC Simple Reciprocating Wills
(Husband & Wife):
$250
Simple NC Estate Package:

  • NC Simple Spousal Will
  • NC Durable Power of Attorney
  • NC Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • NC Living Will
$500
(Recording Fees Included)
Simple Reciprocating NC Estate Packages:
(Husband & Wife):

  • NC Simple Spousal Will
  • NC Durable Power of Attorney
  • NC Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • NC Living Will
$700
(Recording Fees Included)
NC Durable Power of Attorney: $150 + recording fee of $50
NC Health Care Power of Attorney: $190 + recording fee of $10
NC Living Will, or Declaration of a
Desire for a Natural Death:
$190 + recording fee of $10
NC Comprehensive Estate Plan and Trusts: $750 and up, depends on complexity

Fickey Martinez Law Firm understands you have options when it comes to estate planning. Today, you can pick up an estate planning package on the Internet. However, these packages assume everyone has the same needs; they’re “one-size-fits-all”. We understand your estate planning needs are unique. Contact Fickey Martinez Law Firm today at (910) 526-0066 for a consultation.