What Do Same Sex Couples Need to Get Married in NC

Now that marriage is legal for all of those wishing to tie the knot – including same-gender couples – below is what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply. Wake County’s Register of Deeds recommends getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date. A marriage licenses issued in North Carolina may be used in any county in North Carolina, is good immediately upon issuance, and is valid for 60 days. The original license must be returned to the county where it was issued.

Triad Pride

On September 15, 2012, the Human Rights Campaign worked at Triad Pride in Greensboro where the event was even larger and better than last year. At a time when most people would think that members of the LGBT community and their allies in North Carolina would still be nursing their wounds from the Amendment One fight, people flooded the Pride event and actively sought information on equal rights, health care, and finding ways to help elect pro-equality candidates in November.

Beneficiary Designations Can Cause Big Estate Tax Problems

A recent Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling provided a big blow to “simple” Wisconsin probate avoidance plans and reinforced the need for a good revocable living trust by overturning a long-standing state and federal estate tax assumption. The court ruled that anyone receiving an inheritance through a “pay upon death” (POD) or “transfer upon death” (TOD) designation is not responsible for paying their fair share of state or federal estate taxes. Instead, those estate taxes are paid out of the residue of the estate. (

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