It has been in the news of late that the loved ones of the late Aretha Franklin, the famed Queen of Soul, actually did have three handwritten wills hidden in various locations around her home. Until this discovery, the thought was that she had no estate plan.
A previous post on this blog mentioned a number of different reasons why a North Carolina will might get challenged in a legal action to have it invalidated and, thus, disregarded for purposes of estate administration.
The term probate actually refers to the entire court process of divvying up the assets of a person after that person's death.
It might well be said that it is not probate itself that Rocky Mount, North Carolina, residents dread but rather the idea that, after their deaths, their loved ones are going to be waiting years, and spending a lot of money, time and emotional energy, while their estates get processed by a court.
Unless one's loved one took several steps to avoid it, a resident of Rocky Mount, North Carolina may find herself in the position of being an executor of a close friend or relative's estate. While this will involve several important responsibilities, this need not be an unduly stressful or complicated endeavor.
Like other states, North Carolina has a legal process in place that governs how a person's property gest transferred to relatives and other loved ones after that person dies. While the term probate traditionally assumed a person died with a will, in North Carolina, it also refers to situations in which a person dies without a will but with property that needs to be legally transferred to heirs as part of a formal process.