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Trusts and Estates

North Carolina trusts and estates attorneys helping you plan

Whether you are planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, Keith Hartley at Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman, P.A. can help. He can assist with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Executorship dutiesGuardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, Keith Hartley considers how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

Keith Hartley thoroughly analyzes your estate and strategizes the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting your personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. Keith Hartley can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if would serve your individual needs and your estate planning goals.


Keith Hartley understands that the process of probate follows a time of painful emotional loss and he can ease the stress of probating the estate.

He also assists executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in North Carolina probate court, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the North Carolina probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professional expert when necessary

Probate disputes

The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, Keith Hartley can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, we assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the North Carolina probate court.

Contact estate planning lawyers you can trust.

Maxwell, Freeman & Bowman, P.A. serves clients in Durham and throughout North Carolina. Call us at 919-493-6464 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Durham office.


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