My mother died without a will in North Carolina, are there free resources? Do I need a probate lawyer?
Dying without a Last Will and Testament in North Carolina is called dying “intestate.” Typically, the estate would need to be administered through probate court where property is distributed according to North Carolina’s laws of intestacy. Your loved one may have orally named beneficiaries without documenting their wishes in a valid will; however, their property would be divided according to North Carolina’s intestate laws and not per their oral statements. North Carolina only recognizes properly drafted Wills in writing. (There are few exceptions that a lawyer can explain.)
Free Probate Help in North Carolina
Our Chapel Hill probate lawyers maintain a section of our North Carolina Estate Planning Blog as a free resource that is dedicated specifically to issues concerning probate. Here you will find problems associated with Do-it-Yourself Wills in North Carolina, estate tax information, and updates in the law that affect inheritances.
There are other factors to consider if your mother, or any relative, should pass away without executing a will:
- Were beneficiaries designated on life insurance policies, retirement and bank accounts?
- Is there a surviving spouse?
- Were properties held with joint title?
This may pose more questions. Depending on your answers to the questions above, North Carolina’s laws of intestate succession may apply. If they do, you will need to retain a North Carolina probate lawyer. Starting the probate process in North Carolina requires properly prepared and filed paperwork. There are important deadlines you will need to meet. Schedule a consultation with TrustCounsel’s Chapel Hill probate lawyers to learn the next steps in settling your loved one’s estate. 919-493-6351
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