In general, practice guides are secondary sources that aid and guide lawyers through the understanding of a particular area of the law. In addition to explaining an area of law, practice guides often times provide useful forms and tips, as well.
North Carolina Estate Settlement Practice Guide covers the topic of estate settlement in North Carolina. The practice guide begins with a checklist that chronologically goes over the steps for settling an estate, and then, over the course of 36 chapters, examines each step, starting with becoming a personal representative and ending with tort actions involving wills and related documents.
Additionally, the practice guide provides useful tips and forms. For instance, in Chapter 2, there are numerous forms to aid a lawyer in becoming the personal representative of an estate. These forms and letters, such as the Application for Probate and Letters, will be very helpful to a new lawyer who may not know how to locate such information.
Part of the Charlotte School of Law Library catalog and available for purchase for $259, North Carolina Estate Settlement Practice Guide is also accessible via WestlawNext. Simply search for the title in the universal search box or drill down within the database in accordance with the following navigational sequence: “Secondary Sources” > “North Carolina” > “North Carolina Texts & Treatises” > “North Carolina Estate Settlement Practice Guide.” The practice guide is currently in its second edition and was last updated on WestlawNext in March 2014.
To demonstrate how easy and helpful this practice guide is, let’s conduct a hypothetical search. Let’s say that you are a new attorney and you wish to determine how the laws and courts of North Carolina treat illegitimate children. After considering several different search terms, you decide to take “illegitimate children” into the index of the practice guide. The index then directs you to § 20-20 where you find a general overview of the topic and references to relevant statutory and case law authority.
North Carolina Estate Settlement Practice Guide offers concise overviews of the relevant law and provides helpful practice tips for lawyers who practice in (or wish to learn) estate law in North Carolina.
~ Marci Gattis, L’ 14 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.