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Harvell and Collins, P.A.

Probate Lawyer | Serving Raleigh, NC

252-200-3171

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Harvell and Collins, P.A. is a highly rated and strategic combination of lawyers committed to providing comprehensive legal advice and personalized customer service to its clients in Beaufort, Morehead City, and New Bern, North Carolina.  The law firm is committed to excellence in the practice of law while maintaining the highest ethical standards, diversity and …

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West & Smith, L.L.P.

Probate Lawyer | Serving Raleigh, NC

910-693-3411

West & Smith Will be Glad to Allow You a Free Consultation to Discuss Family Situations where there is a Dispute About the Handling of Assets or Making of a Will.

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Raleigh Probate Information

Understanding Probate

When an individual dies leaving a will, the legal process that takes place is called probate. Probate refers to how an estate is administered and processed through the legal system.

Probate Lawyers

The probate process can be confusing and overwhelming considering the circumstances. A Raleigh probate lawyer will help with the management of the decedent's estate, any trusts he or she may have as well as any guardianships or conservatorships in question.

Probate cases often become very detailed and a probate lawyer will help ensure the rights of the deceased are fully protected. Attorneys also have the sensitivity to family dynamics and are knowledgeable in common problems with probate cases.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It's important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice's billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

Points to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer

Experience. Regardless of the type of legal matter you need help with, an experienced attorney will usually be able to get you better results.

Competence. Determine an attorney's expertise by asking about their track record for the issue you need help with resolving.

Fit. There are plenty of good attorneys out there; make sure you find one you are comfortable working with.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Raleigh, NC

Wake County Courthouse

316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 792-4000

Court of Appeals of North Carolina

1 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 831-3600

Supreme Court of North Carolina

2 E Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 831-5700