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Questions About North Carolina Probate

What if someone dies without a will in North Carolina?

North Carolina intestate succession occurs when an individual dies without a will. A family member or other qualified individual might petition the court to serve as administrator of the estate, or otherwise the court will appoint an administrator. After the decedent’s debts are paid, assets are distributed to surviving heirs according to intestacy law. However, some assets transfer outright to beneficiaries, regardless if a will is present. Real property and bank accounts, depending on how title was held, might pass immediately to a joint owner. Life insurance benefits and retirement accounts could pass directly to named beneficiaries.