Questions About North Carolina Probate
Do I have to serve as executor?
No. Although it may be considered an honor that someone respected and trusted you with the authority to oversee their personal assets after they are gone, the responsibility might be too overwhelming. Serving as executor requires time, careful documentation, and knowledge of North Carolina and federal estate and tax law. In addition, if the decedent owned assets in other states, you will need to arrange for probate in other jurisdictions and appoint an agent to serve on your behalf in those areas. You might not feel comfortable taking on this responsibility, especially knowing that if you make an error you may be held personally liable. Learn about how to refuse serving as an executor in North Carolina.