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Questions About North Carolina Probate

A relative just died and I found their gun collection. Are the firearms part of probate?

Yes, if the decedent did not have a gun trust or other estate planning tool in place for their firearms, these items are included in the probate estate. If you are not the executor, you should alert them of the firearms immediately and they should have the items assessed and appraised to be included in the estate inventory. You might be committing an ‘accidental felony’ just by having the firearms in your possession. Learn more about firearms in North Carolina probate.