Legal Documents

Last Will and Testament

A North Carolina Last Will and Testament can be simple and easy. Your Last Will and Testament names your beneficiaries and designates who will handle your Estate Administration. Having a valid North Carolina Will allows you to have some control in your probate proceedings.

You may need to revise your Will as your life changes or your beneficiaries change. If you move to North Carolina from another state, you may need to update your Will.

Planning your estate is important, regardless of the size of your Estate.  Having the right documents prepared by Irvine Law Firm will help your heirs to save money and avoid unnecessary stress.

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Benefits of a Valid NC Will

  • You determine who receives what property
  • You designate the person to handle your estate when you die
  • You have some control over what goes into probate
  • Minimize expenses of the Estate Administration

Without a Will, State statutes dictate your estate decisions.

  • NC statutes determine who inherits from you and how much they inherit
  • Court appoints a personal representative
  • Increased costs of estate administration
  • Your wishes will not be considered

Work directly with the Attorney

  • Understand the legal effect of your choices
  • Explore options for dividing your property
  • Know your document is valid in North Carolina

Your Last Will and Testament does not have to be complicated or expensive. 

Our fee for a simple Will starts at $300.00. A simple Will includes specific devises to specific heirs and naming of an executor. A complex Will may also include special provisions such as testamentary trusts, provisions for guardianship of minor children and provisions governing the sale and management of property.  Fees for a complex Will start at $400.00. Give us a general idea of the type of information you want to include and we can provide you with a fixed fee quote. We can provide you with a detailed guideline you may use to give us the final details.

Not sure what you need? You have options. Schedule a phone consultation to ask all your questions. Consultations are $150.00 per 30 minutes. You can email your questions for a fixed fee quote.  Let me know how I can help.
It is crucial that your Last Will and Testament be correctly witnessed, signed and notarized. All documents purchased from Irvine Law Firm include written instructions to properly sign, file, record and store your completed paperwork.  We are also glad to answer your questions to ensure proper document execution.

How to get started

Click on GET STARTED below and let us know how we can help you. Are  you are interested in a Simple Will or do you have more complex needs? Do you want to schedule a consultation to discuss what type of Will is right for you? Do you have an out of state Will and just want to make sure it is valid in North Carolina? We are glad to answer your questions or provide new documents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to go to a law office to get a Will?
No.  We will work with you digitally to draft your Last Will and Testament. You can print it at home. We provide all of the instructions you need to correctly sign, witness and have your new Will notarized.
Does my Will have to list all of my property?
No.  If all of your property goes to certain people or is divided among them, there is no need to list the items individually.  If you want specific items to go to specific people, those should be separately described.
What is the difference between a Last Will and Testament and a Living Will?
A Living Will is also known as a Declaration of Desire for a Natural Death.  It is a medical directive regarding end of life care.  A Last Will and Testament directs who receives your property and manages your estate after your death.
Is my Will from another state valid in NC?
It depends.  As long as your Will complies with the North Carolina laws, it can be probated in NC.  Send us a copy of your Will for advice by email or schedule a 15 minute consultation through Unbundled Legal Advice and we can let you know if your Will is valid in NC.
Notice and Disclaimer
• No lawyer-client relationship is established until the services are agreed upon and the fee is paid.
• All documents and legal advice are based solely on the information provided by the client.  
• The lawyer-client relationship is limited to the preparation of the document or the legal advice purchased.
• Irvine Law Firm does not provide tax or financial advice.  All documents and legal services are based on North Carolina law.
• The relationship ends upon transmittal of the final version of the document or the purchased legal advice.
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