With more than 20 years experience in private practice, Mark Costley has helped... more
With more than 20 years experience in private practice, Mark Costley has helped hundreds of North Carolinians with estate planning, trust and estate administration, planning for children and adults with special needs, business succession planning and business transactions, and family charitable and philanthropic counseling. Mark’s work involves elements of teaching, strategic analysis and plann... view profile
Co-Editor of a book on Probate in North Carolina titled "Edwards Probate Handbook".... more
Co-Editor of a book on Probate in North Carolina titled "Edwards Probate Handbook". I currently serve 10 wards as Guardian of their Estate which means I handle their finances. I am the Secretary of Mid-South Forum, a group of Estate Planning Lawyers in the Southeast. I belong to the following sections of the NC State Bar: Estate Planning, Elder Law, Tax and Real Estate. I am a member of Le... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.