When there is not a valid Will, we guide you through the complicated probate process.
If probate proceedings are “intestate”, it means there is no valid Will in place for the deceased. If you or a loved one dies without a valid Will in place, the intestate probate process that follows will likely be much more complex for those trying to carry out your final wishes.
Without the availability of a Will, a probate process is still likely to occur; however, state laws will primarily determine the probate decisions and the distribution of the property. The transfer of estate assets and allocation of estate interests will fall into the hands of North Carolina state statutes.
Without a valid Will to make your estate wishes clear and legal, the North Carolina court will be forced to apply specific state laws to the distribution of your assets and interests through intestate probate administration. Intestate probate is required to ensure the legality of your estate handling and asset transfers. Without the involvement of a court probate process, whatever is done with an estate and its assets cannot be considered legal.
Unfortunately, intestate proceedings can create a more complicated and lengthy probate process for your loved ones, ensuring your estate distribution is handled legally.
Whether you are ready to begin the probate process, or you need help determining if a probate attorney is right for you, Shepard Law is here to help. Both of our offices in Charlotte and Concord, NC can assist clients throughout Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and beyond regarding NC law.