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Yes, you can provide for a pet in your North Carolina estate plan

For some people, pets are a valued addition to a life without children. For others, a dog, cat or other pet is a critical companion later in life when your children have grown up and moved on. Regardless of how many assets you possess or what other heirs you are providing for in your will, you probably want to make sure that someone takes care of your beloved pet.

Avoid these common pitfalls when estate planning

When it comes to drafting an estate plan, it is important to be thorough and explicit. The wrong language could result in a situation where certain people are inheriting (or not inheriting) certain assets that may not be what the deceased actually wanted. Moreover, mistakes made early on in an estate plan could wind up significantly reducing the size of one's estate upon their death. The following are some common pitfalls people in North Carolina will want to avoid when estate planning.

North Carolina couple wins suit against Smithfield Foods

There are upsides and downsides to living in rural, agricultural areas. Some people enjoy being able to own acres of land and the privacy that such ownership entails. They also may enjoy being removed from the hustle and bustle of a large city. However, those who live in rural, agricultural areas may find that their neighbors are farmers. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, if the farmer's practices negatively affect those who live near them, it could lead to a lawsuit.

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