Securing Your Legacy and Peace of Mind 

Our dedicated team ensures your estate planning and administration is managed exactly as you wish, with the utmost respect and professionalism. Let us help you prepare for the future today.


Welcome to Capital City Estate Planning, where your future is our priority. Located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, we focus on providing comprehensive estate planning, estate administration, and elder law services.

The legal complexities of estate planning, estate administration, and preparing for aging can be challenging. (not to mention emotionally demanding)

However, without preparation, you risk leaving your loved ones directionless, potentially leading to stress and family disputes.

And, planning for your future healthcare needs becomes increasingly crucial as you age. In emergency situations, uncertainty about what to do next can overwhelm you and your family.

However, with Capital City Estate Planning, you can find legal advice and tailor-made solutions to stay prepared. Our approach ensures that your assets and medical desires are managed exactly as you wish, offering you and your family much-needed peace of mind.

We bring peace of mind about the future. You can rest assured, knowing your future plans are in knowledgeable hands.

We offer comprehensive Estate Planning and Administration Services, ensuring all legal aspects are thoroughly covered, no matter your situation.

We believe each client deserves our focused attention. Every client's situation is unique, and we provide tailored advice and solutions that work for you.

Our estate administration attorneys simplify your duties as an executor, ensuring the estate is managed efficiently and correctly.

Our Services

Estate Planning

Tailored wills, trusts, and estate plans that fit your unique needs.

Estate Administration

Efficient and compassionate handling of estate affairs after a loved one's passing.

Elder Law

Experienced support in areas like long-term care planning and guardianship.

Customized Estate Planning Solutions

Looking for a reliable partner to navigate estate planning or help manage complex elder law issues? Do you need help to act as the executor of a loved one’s estate?

At Capital City Estate Planning, we cover all aspects of estate and elder law, ensuring your needs are met with experienced skill and compassion. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional estate planning services that stand out for their depth and personalization.

Our dedicated team brings a wealth of knowledge in estate and elder law, ensuring that every aspect of your estate planning journey is handled with care. We understand that each client’s situation is unique, which is why we offer customized solutions tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Securing Your Future

Choosing Capital City Estate Planning means more than just legal services; it’s about securing a confident future. We prioritize peace of mind, ensuring that your estate is handled with exceptional care and attention to every legal detail. Our approach is tailored to each client’s unique situation, offering personalized guidance.

We provide in-depth consultations to craft plans reflecting your individual needs. Additionally, our thorough knowledge in elder law helps you confidently navigate its complexities, ensuring your well-being is prioritized in your later years.

Have you written a Last Will & Testament? This crucial planning document outlines asset distribution, guardian appointments for children, and final wishes.

Do you know who would make decisions about your care in an emergency? Powers of Attorney & Advance Directives authorize others to make decisions during incapacity or health crises.

Need a better way to make future financial plans for yourself and your heirs? Trusts are legal entities for managing and protecting assets. They also help loved ones on benefits, and avoid probate processes for your family.

Navigate the complexities of growing older with confidence. Our knowledge of elder law in North Carolina means you're getting informed, up-to-date advice on all legal matters related to aging.

Do you need help settling estate administration for a loved one? We assist  with managing and distributing an estate according to the decedent’s wishes and state laws.

WHY Capital City Estate Planning

At Capital City Estate Planning, our commitment to providing empathetic, knowledgeable, and personalized legal services sets us apart. Our team’s deep understanding of North Carolina laws and dedication to our clients’ best interests makes us a trusted choice for your estate planning and elder law needs.


What our clients say

Abba Deal

David has been extremely helpful through my personal estate planning, guardianship for my parents, and anything estate related I have needed!

Anna Blood

David is an amazing attorney I highly recommend!!


Great Compassionate Attorney

David has helped my family in so many ways, through guardianship proceedings, to handling both of my parents estates after they passed. He was able to assist me with every aspect and always provided sound advise as it related to not only the handling of the estate but also my parents home when it needed to be sold between my me and my siblings. I would highly recommend Mr. Dean!

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Comprehensive Range of Services

Our comprehensive range of services covers everything from drafting wills to providing insightful elder law counseling. With our deep local expertise in North Carolina’s legal landscape, we ensure that your estate plans are not only sound but also fully compliant with state laws. Trust us to guide you through the complexities of estate planning with confidence and clarity.

Experienced Attorneys

Our team brings years of knowledgeable experience in estate and elder law.


Tailored Solutions

We develop solid plans customized to your unique circumstances.


Comprehensive Services

From drafting wills to elder law counseling, we cover all aspects of estate planning.


Local Experience

Knowledge of North Carolina's legal landscape ensures your plans are sound and compliant.


frequently asked questions

Do I need an Estate Plan if I’m not wealthy?

Absolutely. Estate planning is crucial for everyone to ensure your wishes are respected, regardless of the size of your estate. Estate planning:

  • Prepares others to respect your healthcare desires
  • Puts in place plans to maximize your savings
  • Prepares for yours and your loved ones’ future

Estate Planning is about protecting your loved ones, yourself, and your legacy.

In addition, estate planning encompasses deciding who will make decisions for you if you have emergency medical situations and become incapacitated. Preparing with a plan gives your family answers about what you would want in a stressful and emotional time.

Also, without a will, North Carolina’s intestacy laws dictate how your assets are divided. These laws may not reflect your personal wishes. Intestacy law can potentially leave loved ones without the inheritance you intended for them.

Without clear instructions on asset distribution, family members may dispute over inheritances. This can lead to strained relationships, legal battles, and division within the family, causing emotional and financial stress.


What is involved in Estate Administration?

It includes probating the will, paying debts, and distributing assets to beneficiaries, all of which we can handle for you or help you accomplish.

Each step of the estate administration process requires careful attention to legal details and deadlines. It’s essential to manage these tasks efficiently to honor the deceased’s wishes and comply with North Carolina law. And it’s crucial to make correct accountings to the court. 

As a personal estate representative, you can be held legally responsible for any financial mistakes.

That’s why an experienced estate lawyer is crucial to ensure exact and precisely correct accountings and answers when accomplishing these tasks:

  • Obtain the Death Certificate
  • Locate and file the Will with the Local County Clerk
  • Wait for the Court to probate the Will (if there is one)
  • Apply for Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration to become the Estate’s Executor or Administrator (Personal Representative)
  • Notify Heirs and Beneficiaries
  • Appraise Property and Assets
  • Take Inventory of the Estate’s Assets
  • Submit the Inventory to the Probate Court
  • Open an Estate Bank Account
  • Notify Creditors and Publish Notice to Creditors
  • Pay Valid Claims to Creditors
  • Sell Property or Other Assets if needed with Court Approval
  • File Estate Tax Returns if Necessary
  • Pay Estate Taxes and Final Personal Income Taxes
  • Distribute Assets to Beneficiaries as per the Will (or NC Intestate Laws if there is no Last Will)
  • Prepare and File a Final Account with the Court
  • Close the Estate with the Court’s Approval

Ensure you hold up under the court’s scrutiny with our assistance. Give us a call and set up an initial consultation today.

Find your way and feel confident about the estate administration process!

How can Elder Law help me?

Elder law focuses on issues affecting aging individuals, such as long-term care planning and guardianship, providing peace of mind for the future.

  • Estate Planning: Prepare for the management and distribution of your estate after your passing. Create wills, trusts, and other instruments to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Minimize taxes and legal complications for your beneficiaries.
  • Durable Power of Attorney: Appoint someone you trust to manage your affairs if you cannot do so. Your POA agent can handle tasks like paying bills, managing investments, personal and healthcare issues, and making financial decisions on your behalf. We can help you limit or broaden the scope of your agent’s powers based on your specific needs.
  • Advance Directives Such as a Living Will: Advance Directives empower you to make your healthcare wishes known in case you cannot communicate them yourself. You can specify your preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments, end-of-life care, and other critical medical decisions.
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney: Similar to a Durable Power of Attorney, but specifically for healthcare decisions, this legal document lets you designate someone to make medical decisions for you’re unable. Using your advance directives, your agent makes medical decisions that respect your wishes. Advance directives relieve your loved ones of the burden of making these difficult decisions for you during emotional times.
  • Long-Term Care and Medicaid Planning: Medicaid planning involves structuring your finances to qualify for Medicaid while preserving your assets. Medicaid planning is essential for covering long-term care costs, such as nursing home care, without exhausting your savings. Health insurance does not generally cover assisted living or long-term skilled nursing care.
  • Guardianship: If become legally incompetent or incapacitated without preparing for the future with a power of attorney, a court may become involved. In these cases, a court may legally appoint a guardian to make decisions about your care and finances.

 Each of the above planning types plays a vital role in ensuring that your later years are as comfortable and secure as possible, reflecting your wishes and needs.

How often should I update my Estate Plan?

We recommend reviewing your plan every few years or after major life events like marriage, birth of a child, or relocation.

Life events such as new friendships, estrangements, marriages within the family, or the loss of a loved one can change who you want to include as beneficiaries in your will. For instance, you might want to include a new family member or remove someone due to changed circumstances.

Other good reasons to update your estate plan include changes in your financial situation, a new business or job, adjusting charity provisions, or becoming part of a blended family.

It’s important to update your will to reflect any major life changes.


Can you assist with setting up a Trust?

Yes, we can assist you in setting up a variety of trusts, each designed to align with your unique requirements and objectives. Consider one of these types of trusts for your needs:

  • Special Needs Trusts: Provide for a loved one with disabilities without affecting their eligibility for government benefits.
  • Living Trusts: Allow for the efficient transfer of assets while bypassing the often lengthy and public probate process.
  • Charitable Trusts: Offer a way to give back while also providing tax benefits and maintaining a degree of control over how the assets are used.
  • Contingency Trusts: Give you control over when and how to give assets as an inheritance.  


Talk with us for information about other kinds of trusts. We’ll work with you to determine how best to meet your financial goals.

Working WIth Us

Do you feel concern about the cost of hiring a lawyer?

Discover our transparent pricing, where we ensure you know what to expect before we start work.

And know that every service we provide is a valuable investment in your future.

Do you worry about the complexity of legal processes?

We get it. Legal language is confusing.

Our team breaks down the legal jargon, making estate planning easy to understand for everyone.

Seeking a service that caters specifically to your needs?

We hear you. That’s why each client at our firm receives personalized attention.

No legal templates here. We craft solutions uniquely for your individual situation.  

Rest assured, we are deeply experienced in estate and elder law, ready to guide you every step of the way. Explore our website to learn more about how we can meet your estate planning and administration needs. And check out our blogs for in-depth answers to your burning legal questions. 

Or just give us a call and find the solutions you’re looking for!