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  1. What if you don’t have a will?

    In some circumstances, not having a will in place at death won’t really matter. For example, if you are married, have two minor children, own ALL assets jointly with RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP with your spouse, have no debt, and you die with your spouse surviving, there is little difference between handling your estate with or without a will. This assumes,...
  2. Important Considerations for Newly Legally Married Same-Sex Couples

    On October 10, 2014, Federal District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. issued a ruling declaring North Carolina’s 2012 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Marriage, as well as being an expression of love and commitment, is an important legal contract. Here are three big changes for same-sex married couples: Property Ownership: Tenancy by Entirety Same-sex married couples can now own...
  3. Interesting NYT Article About Advance Directives

    You may have seen this article from the New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/health/the-trouble-with-advance-directives.html The “trouble” is not with the advance directives; rather, it’s a matter of record-keeping. But, luckily, in North Carolina, we have an effective Advance Directive Registry where documents are filed and available for viewing online by authorized health care providers. In addition to preparing these documents and assisting...

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April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley and Chad Anderson are trial lawyers. These Asheville-based attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. They serve clients in the Western North Carolina communities located in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties.


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