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Estate Planning & Administration

Estate Planning: Peace of Mind for the Future

What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is the process of getting your affairs in order to prepare for potential mental incapacity and death. A properly prepared estate plan will let you decide the best choices for your family, such as who will handle your affairs during states of incapacity, who should receive your property and assets, and who you want to settle your final affairs.

At Stott, Hollowell, Windham & Stancil, PLLC, our estate planning team’s focus is on your individual needs to ensure that we are customizing an estate plan that is appropriate for your family. Our attention to detail, experience, and consistent adaptations to the ever-changing laws in this area will allow you to have peace of mind in knowing that your loved ones will be protected. We can also walk you or your loved ones through the confusing estate administration process.

Your estate consists of vehicles, real estate, stocks and other securities, bank accounts, and other personal property.

How We Help

Regardless of your age, size of estate, or your financial standing, a complete estate plan can help you leave a legacy. Our estate planning services include:

  • Wills
  • Living Wills/Advance Directives
  • Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable)
  • Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Business Affairs
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Succession
  • Charitable Planning
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships

We are proud to serve the Gastonia, Charlotte, Mount Holly and surrounding area with your estate planning needs. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.

Guardianship: Protecting Those Who Need Special Care

Children aren’t always the only ones who need special protection and care. The Stott, Hollowell, Windham & Stancil, PLLC team can help with child guardianships as well as adult guardianships. A guardian can be assigned for children in a parent’s will, and an adult can designate a guardian for him- or herself in properly executed estate planning documents in case they are ever incapacitated by age, illness, or injury. Unfortunately, sometimes it may be too late to plan for these circumstances, and a loved one may be trying to navigate the legal process of obtaining guardianship. The Stott, Hollowell, Windham & Stancil, PLLC team is here for you when this happens, and can help guide you through the legal terminology, process, and serving as a Guardian.

We can help with:

  • Guardianships for people who cannot manage their own decisions
  • Guardianship of the Estate determinations for people need assistance managing their finances only
  • Assistance with applications and accountings while serving as Guardian

If you have questions about these matters or want to learn more about the services we provide, contact us today.

Estate Administration: Guidance in Difficult Times

Estate administration is the process of collecting, managing and distributing all property that an individual owned during his or her lifetime. The process of probate follows a strict set of paperwork and deadlines, and this process can change slightly depending on the facts in each case. The loss of a loved one can be devastating, and the estate administration process can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Our focus at Stott, Hollowell, Windham & Stancil, PLLC is to provide the compassion and expertise needed to guide you through this difficult time.

Our estate administration services include:

  • Helping you avoid probate when possible
  • Guidance through the probate process
  • Coordination with personal representatives and beneficiaries
  • Identifying and valuing assets for accounting purposes
  • Preparation and filing of all necessary paperwork

If you are in need of an estate administration attorney please contact us today for a consultation.

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