Providing Experienced Wills And Estates Representation
With major changes in your life – a marriage or divorce, the birth of a child, illness, retirement or inheritance – come changes in your legal priorities. You want to ensure that your family is cared for and that your own care is properly administered as well.
Attorney David Rouse has more than 50 years’ experience assisting residents of Goldsboro and throughout eastern North Carolina in their estate planning matters, both basic and complex. He helps his clients understand how they can protect those closest to them. In recognition of his professional excellence, Mr. Rouse is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.
Help With A Variety Of Estate Planning Issues
Under the direction of attorney Rouse, we are here to offer intelligent legal options and supportive service to address a wide range of estate matters, including:
- Wills: Whether you are part of a young couple just starting a family or are approaching retirement and thinking about the future of your estate, it is always the right time to create a will. We can help identify your legal goals and establish a will that is in line with your needs.
- Trusts: Trusts are very flexible instruments that can be used for a wide variety of needs. We can prepare trusts such as revocable, irrevocable and special needs trusts.
- Special needs trusts: These types of trusts permit you to put money aside for the needs of minor children or adult children with disabilities. Such a trust makes it possible to take care of that child’s needs with those specific funds.
- Powers of attorney: Our law firm can help you designate a personal representative for a time in the future when you may no longer be able to make decisions for yourself.
- Durable powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney: A durable power of attorney allows another person to make financial decisions on your behalf, and a health care power of attorney allows an individual to make important decisions regarding your medical care.
- Estate administration: After the death of a loved one, our law firm can help you address the administrative tasks associated with the estate. From paying creditors and notifying beneficiaries to offering representation in the probate process, we handle the legal details so you and your family can focus on healing.
- Medicaid planning: Medicaid strategies are required in the protection of your assets. It is especially important to apply for Medicaid when paying for nursing home care. Without such planning, you may face denial concerning your request for your Medicaid benefits or suffer monetary penalties.
- Guardianships: We help our clients establish guardianships for minor children as well as elderly or incapacitated adults who do not have the mental faculties to make decisions for themselves. We can assist with all aspects of court petitions, coordination with medical professionals and maintaining financial records for court accounting.
- Name changes: There are many reasons individuals seek to have a legal name change. Many were never truly satisfied with their birth name. Others wish to take on the last name of someone who raised them. And some wish to change the name of their young child. Regardless of your motives, a legal name change can be a straightforward and efficient process when working with a qualified lawyer.
Unpredictability is unavoidable. Properly planning your estate lets you remain in control of your assets and stand prepared for challenges that cannot be foreseen.
Contact Our Firm
If you face an estate issue in North Carolina, contact attorney David Rouse at 800-856-4296. As an experienced Goldsboro will and estate lawyer, he is ready to help you address your legal matter. We offer free initial consultations, and our office is wheelchair accessible.
AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.