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Wills & Probate in South Carolina

Experienced South Carolina trust and estates attorney can draft your last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative, e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires.Attorney William M. Bowen has 48 years of experience, and can assist by drafting a valid will to ensure your intentions are honored.Changing your will
As your life evolves, so may your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. He drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, parenthood status, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Experienced South Carolina probate attorney guiding you through the process

Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. Attorney Bowen has 46 years of experience in probate law and knows how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. He can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

    • Filing the will with the South Carolina probate court
    • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
    • Finding and collecting assets
    • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate
Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer at William M. Bowen, P.A.
Call William M. Bowen, P.A. at 843-842-5000 or contact the firm online.