Oak Ridge Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer

Estate planning is an essential aspect of protecting your assets and ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone.

At Apple Payne Law, PLLC, we focus on estate planning and probate for families in Oak Ridge, NC, helping families with net worths over $1 million and households earning over $100,000 per year to create comprehensive plans that respect their legacy, safeguard their assets and provide for their loved ones.

Contact an Oak Ridge estate planning and probate lawyer from Apple Payne Law, PLLC today.

What’s Included in an Estate Plan?

Estate planning is not just about writing a will. It’s a process of evaluating your assets, identifying your goals and objectives, and creating a plan that reflects your wishes and provides for your loved ones. Our team will work with you to create a plan that includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other important documents that will ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.


Trusts are an essential part of estate planning, especially for families with significant assets. Trusts can provide a number of benefits, including protecting assets from creditors, reducing taxes, and providing for your loved ones after you’re gone.

Our estate planning lawyers have experience creating a variety of trusts, including revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and special needs trusts, and can help you choose the right trust for your needs.

Business Succession Planning

Business succession planning in Oak Ridge is important too for those who have a family-owned business, and we can help you ensure that the hard work, long hours, sweat, and tears you put into building your business is passed down to your family in accordance with your wishes.

As members of the Oak Ridge Merchants Association and as the owner of a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to run a successful business and is committed to helping you plan for optimal outcomes both in the short and long term.

What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of distributing a deceased person’s assets. The probate process can be a difficult and time-consuming one, but our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to make it as smooth as possible for your family. We will work with the executor or administrator of the estate to ensure that the assets are distributed according to the will or the laws of intestacy, and we will handle any disputes that may arise. 

One of the benefits of working with our law firm is that we can provide a comprehensive approach to estate planning, including working with other professionals such as financial advisors and accountants. We will take the time to get to know you and your specific needs and work with you to create a plan that is tailored to your unique circumstances.

In addition to estate planning and probate, our law firm also offers a wide range of legal services. We understand that every client is unique, and we take the time to get to know you and your specific needs. We are dedicated to providing personalized service and achieving the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

Oak Ridge is a beautiful and vibrant community, and we are proud to serve the legal needs of families in this area. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with living and working in Oak Ridge, and we are committed to providing the highest level of legal service to our clients. We are proud to be members of the Oak Ridge Merchants Association.

FAQ: Oak Ridge Estate Planning and Probate

When should I start estate planning?

There is no set age that’s required to start the estate planning process. An estate plan is a helpful tool to protect your assets, so you may want to start estate planning when you have assets. Another guideline is to create an estate plan before you get too old to make one or before you need someone to take care of you. You never know when something will happen to you, which is why it’s best to start planning as soon as you can.

How often should I update my estate plan?

You should typically update your estate plan every three to five years. It’s important to revisit your estate plan after a significant milestone like getting married, having a child, or moving to a different state. Your needs will change as you progress through life, so it’s important to update your estate plan routinely.

How do I appoint an executor of my estate?

An executor of an estate is responsible for carrying out a will during the probate process. You can appoint an executor in your will as well as a backup executor. If you do not name an executor before you pass away, your beneficiaries or the state will have to choose an executor.

Need Estate Planning or Probate Help in Oak Ridge? Give Us a Call

At our law firm, we understand that legal matters can be stressful and overwhelming, and we are here to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions. We believe in providing clear and honest advice, and we will always be available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

If you’re looking for an experienced and dedicated law firm that can help you protect your assets and provide for your loved ones, please contact us to schedule a free estate planning or probate consultation. We can meet with you in Oak Ridge via Zoom or telephone, orat our main office in Kernersville. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family. 

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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