Kernersville Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers

Life throws many things our way—excitement, disappointment, struggles, and joys.

For all of life’s twists and turns – both expected and unexpected – a team of experienced attorneys can be by your side, advocating for you and your future.

Apple Payne Law will be there for you whether you’re planning for the future, making big life decisions, dealing with probate, or simply trying to protect your family’s future.

Our team of compassionate lawyers has experience dealing with many of life’s most challenging events and decisions. We can help you gain assurance and peace of mind on whatever complicated road you’re traveling.

Apple Payne Law, PLLC helps clients navigate life’s most important decisions. Let us take the burden off of your family.

Practice Areas

What are the Components of an Estate Plan?

A proper estate plan covers four primary documents, each with its own unique purpose and role.

Our estate planning services often include:

  • Will — To distribute your property how YOU want after you pass (otherwise, the state’s “default” rules apply to YOUR estate)
  • Trust – Protects your assets from probate and creditors to preserve them for your heirs (otherwise, the probate court will distribute them as part of your estate)
  • Power of attorney — Allows a person(s) you choose to handle your affairs if you cannot do so yourself (i.e., healthcare decisions, property, bills, taxes, etc.) due to severe illness or incapacity
  • Living will — (or advance healthcare directive) Specifies your wishes regarding terminal care (i.e., feed tubes, do not resuscitate orders, etc.).

Why Do I Need a Probate Lawyer?

Navigating the probate process can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor, especially during an already emotionally challenging time. A probate lawyer plays a crucial role in ensuring that your loved one’s assets are distributed according to their wishes and in compliance with state laws.

Here are some key reasons why you might need a probate lawyer:

  • Legal Experience: Probate laws can be intricate and vary from state to state. A probate lawyer possesses the legal knowledge necessary to guide you through the process efficiently.
  • Asset Evaluation and Appraisal: Identifying, valuing, and appraising assets can be intricate. A probate attorney can help assess the estate’s value accurately, ensuring all assets are accounted for.
  • Executor Duties: Executors have significant responsibilities, including managing debts, handling tax matters, and distributing assets. A probate lawyer can assist in fulfilling these duties correctly, reducing the risk of errors and disputes.
  • Resolution of Disputes: If disputes arise among heirs or beneficiaries, a probate attorney can mediate or litigate on your behalf, safeguarding your interests and preserving family relationships.

A probate lawyer is essential for simplifying the probate process, ensuring compliance with the law, and protecting your interests and the wishes of your loved ones.


Estate planning attorneys understand the state and federal laws governing how an estate is valued, taxed, and dispersed upon death. An estate lawyer makes it easier for you to plan for the future and ensure that your assets are protected for your beneficiaries after you’ve passed.

When you are ready to create an estate plan—no matter your age or stage of life—it’s essential that you call an experienced estate planning attorney from Apple Payne Law.

Our dedicated and compassionate team of estate planning lawyers will review your documents, listen to your wishes, and help you create an estate plan that reflects how you want your assets to be handled and how your minor children will be cared for.

Helping Families Navigate Life's Important Decisions

Regardless of the situation or stage of life you find yourself in, it’s important to have peace of mind that your legal matters are handled professionally, compassionately, and with experienced hands.

The knowledgeable attorneys at Apple Payne Law have extensive experience in multiple practice areas and are ready to review your case, iron out any legal details, and work for your benefit. Let us take the burden off of your family — Apple Payne Law, PLLC helps clients navigate life’s most important decisions.

Contact a team of lawyers that will be by your side and advocate for you at every turn.


Apple Payne Law, PLLC is a North Carolina law firm dedicated to delivering high-quality personal and professional legal services in and around the Piedmont Triad area. Our law firm focuses on estate planning and probate. At Apple Payne Law, our mission is to protect you and your family's assets and well-being, whether it is through creating a solid estate plan or honoring the wishes of a loved one who has passed away. We are focused on providing detail-oriented, professional legal services to Forsyth and Guilford county residents in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina.


Contact Our Kernersville Attorneys for Help with Your Estate Planning and Family Law Needs.
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What Our Clients Say About Us

Ron is wonderful! Last year I experienced I experienced something that I did not even know existed. Constructive Eviction. I needed help immediately in order to get the construction stopped so that I could get back into my house, pack, and move. Talks with Ron fortified me with information and the power to speak up to the injustice. And his letters to the new owners clarified the situation and called them out on the many violations of the law. I do not know how I would have gotten through those months without Ron’s powerful, wise counsel. I highly recommend him. Thank you so very much Ron!

Mahhava M.

The interactions with Ron and his team were extremely thorough. Ron even took his time to review piece by piece each section of the estate documents being prepared and even elaborated with examples when something was not clear (without the need for me to continue asking). It was refreshing to receive that kind of service for someone like myself who is interested in knowing all of the details. Overall, very nice to work with and easy to talk to over the phone/virtually.

Jeanette V.
Ron is knowledgeable, honest, fair, and supportive. He gives informed advice and goes out of his way for his clients. His firm is affordable and will work with you on payment. He offers a wide variety of services, and while he handled my child support case, he handles much more!
Kyle D.
Mr. Payne helped us out very quickly in our time of need and met with us. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a pleasure to work with him.
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Kernersville Office

900 Old Winston Rd. STE 212
Kernersville NC 27284

Winston-Salem Office

190 Charlois Blvd. Suite 200
Winston-Salem NC 27103