Wills and Estate Planning Tailored for You

The wills and estate planning attorneys at Seay Law Firm, PLLC take pride in crafting estate plans tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Our estate lawyers take the time to get to know our clients and the nuances of their personal, financial, and family situation in order to provide an estate plan that makes sense. Scroll down below and you will find a few questions and answers that our estate planning, wills and trust clients often find helpful.

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Wills and Estate Planning Attorney James L. Seay, III

I would be delighted to help you insure that your final wishes are respected.

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How much does an estate planning attorney cost at Seay Law Firm, PLLC?

Many of our clients find that estate planning and drafting wills at Seay Law Firm is surprisingly affordable. Our estate planning and will clients are generally charged on a flat fee basis and not at a hourly rate. This means that our estate planning and will clients know what their legal expenses will be at the onset, before we begin services. An estate plan and last will and testament generally will have the following range of legal costs at Seay Law Firm:

  1. Last Will and Testament - $400.00 - $1,000.00
  2. Durable Financial Power of Attorney - $150.00 - $200.00
  3. Living Will - $100.00 - $150.00
  4. Health Care Power of Attorney - $100.00 - $150.00

*Please note, more complex estate plans will require a larger legal fee. Simpler estate plans will carry a lower legal fee. Please contact our office to learn more about our fees in your specific situation.

We offer significant discounts for married couples seeking joint estate planning representation

What will happen if I do not have a last will and testament?

A person who dies without a last will and testament is said to die intestate. In North Carolina, if you die without a will (intestate) then the laws of the State of North Carolina will determine the distribution of all the property left in your estate according to North Carolina intestate law.

As you can imagine, the State's default plan for your property does not always match your wishes and is not always in the best interest of your loved ones, such as your spouse, children, grandchildren, or other loved ones. Unfortunately, after a loved one dies, many surviving spouses, adult children, and guardians of minor children are unpleasantly surprised how the estate will be distributed under North Carolina intestate law.

Does my will cover all my property?

No.  Many assets can be transferred outside of your will and do not go through the probate process. For example, life insurance policies with named beneficiaries, joint bank accounts with rights of survivorship, investment accounts with named beneficiaries, and real estate owned by spouses as tenants by the entirety may pass outside of a will and may not be brought into the estate administration process. In many circumstances, your will may not control the distribution of such assets after your death.  This is why it is important for your estate plan to include more than just your last will and testament.  You should consider how your real estate is titled and who is named as a beneficiary or beneficiaries on your investment, retirement, money market, and bank accounts.

Do I need incapacity planning in my Wills and Estate Planning?

Your will does not become effective until after your death. Many estate plans will contemplate what will happen if you become incapacitated and unable to manage your affairs. For example, if you are in a coma, who will be able to make medical decisions on your behalf or pay your bills?


Contrary to popular belief, your spouse, your children, or other loved ones cannot simply start making important legal decisions for you without proper authority.  The most common methods used to plan for incapacity and incompetence include a durable power of attorney combined with a health care power of attorney. Without powers of attorney, your loved ones may have to bring a guardianship proceeding before the clerk of court to be appointed your legal guardian in order to make important decisions on your behalf.  These proceedings are public record and can result in a loss of privacy for you and your family.  The time and expense of a guardianship proceeding can far exceed the relatively inexpensive costs and stress associated with creating a durable power of attorney and health care power of attorney.


A proper estate plan permits you to leave your property to the loved ones, friends, or charities which you prefer. It also allows you to insure that your loved ones, such as your spouse, children and grandchildren are taken care of after your death.  At Seay Law Firm, PLLC, we strive to insure that your final wishes will be carried out in a dignified, efficient and practicable manner through a well drafted estate plan.

You are never just another client with the attorneys at Seay Law Firm, PLLC

Seay Law Firm, PLLC estate planning and will lawyers can provide an estate plan that fits your individual needs.  Most estate plans do not have a one-size-fits-all. Our firm can develop an estate plan that makes sense for your particular situation and your particular circumstances. Our attorneys meet with each client in-depth and give clients individual attorney attention to insure that their last wishes will be carried out and your loved ones are protected. Our attorneys are affordable, easy to communicate with, attentive to detail, and understanding. We are highly responsive to phone calls and emails.

How do I get the process started for my Will and Estate Planning?

The first step in our estate planning and will process is to contact our office for an appointment.  We like for our clients to sit down and meet with a Seay Law Firm estate planning attorney and discuss their wishes in detail. In most estate planning matters, we often start with a free initial estate planning consultation at our office. In special circumstances, such as potential clients with mobility issues, our will and estate planning lawyers may be able to travel to your location.  Contact us to learn more about getting started with our estate planning services.     

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  1. Last will and testament
    1. Married persons with minor children
    2. Married persons with adult children
    3. Married persons without children
    4. Single persons
    5. Widows and Widowers
  2. Testamentary trusts for minor children
  3. Companion wills
  4. Sweetheart wills
  5. Amendments to wills
  6. Review of current will and estate plan
  7. Durable power of attorney
  8. Springing power of attorney
  9. Health care power of attorney
  10. Advance directives
  11. Living wills
  12. Transfer of title to real estate with rights of survivorship
  13. Estate Administration
  14. Guardianship proceedings

Many of our simple estate plans will include the following:

  1. Last Will and Testament
  2. Living Will
  3. Durable Power of Attorney
  4. Healthcare power of Attorney

Contact us at (910) 763-2525 to learn more and get your estate plan and will started by a Seay Law Firm attorney.  

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  • P: (910) 763-2525

Mailing Address:

  • Seay Law Firm, PLLC
  • 519 Market Street
  • Wilmington, NC 28401



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