North Carolina Last Will & Testament Information
A North Carolina Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
The testator must be eighteen years old or older.
They must also be of ‘sound mind’.
The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).
The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid. Although each witness must sign in the presence of the testator, they do not necessarily need to sign in the presence of one another.
Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format or oral.
A North Carolina resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
A living will states instructions for your care should you become unable to make decisions surrounding your health or medical care. In North Carolina, this takes effect during a person’s life should they fall ill, if necessary. A last will takes effect only after the death of the testator.
Before a North Carolina will can take effect, it must be proven in probate. For small value estate, once can avoid dealing with the court, otherwise, the executor must proceed with granting permission to distribute assets as dictated by the will.
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