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  • What will happen to your family if you pass away?
  • How can you ensure medical treatment that reflects your wishes?
  • Does divorce affect your Will?
  • If I don’t have a Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney, Who will make these decisions for me?


If you die without a will, state law will determine how most of your belongings are distributed, and the result may not be what you would want. These laws establish a ranking of inheritors.

Westmoreland Legal understands any individual that has a family or has acquired assets needs a Will.  Individuals with minor children (18 or under in North Carolina) also have guardianship considerations.   A valid, enforceable Will ensures that you have control over what happens in case of your death.  Without a Will, the Courts make the determination for you.    

If you become incapacitated, or suffer a serious medical condition, what rights or choices do you have?  A Living Will outlines for your family what your health care choices are while still living.  A Health Care Power of Attorney allows for a person of your choosing to make medical decisions outlined within.  And a Power of Attorney can give a person you designate the right to handle any personal matters outlined within.  This also ensures that you and your family have the same expectations should anything occur.

You don’t have to own a big house to have an estate. Your estate consists of everything you own when you die, including your home, personal property, investments, bank accounts, retirement plans and any interests in a family business or partnership. Beneficiary designation forms control who gets retirement accounts, along with life insurance proceeds. For most other assets, you need a will or living trust that says who gets your stuff.

Simple Wills - Estate Planning

  • Simple Last Will and Testament.

  • Directive Regarding a Natural Death (or, “Living Will”).

  • Durable Power of Attorney.

  • Healthcare Power of Attorney.

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