Thanks for your reply. Since your mother died without a will, the NC intestate
succession laws govern what happens to her estate
. Since she had no surviving spouse and you are an only child, you will inherit her entire estate pursuant to the NC statute set forth below. In order to transfer title to the property and to access the bank accounts and stock, you will need to file a petition with the probate
court in the county in which your mom resided at her death to be appointed the administrator of her estate. The court will then issue you documentation evidencing that appointment and it is that documentation that will give you the authority necessary to transfer title and access bank accounts and stock.
"§ 29‑15. Shares of others than surviving spouse.
Those persons surviving the intestate, other than the surviving spouse, shall take that share of the net estate
not distributable to the surviving spouse, or the entire net estate if there is no surviving spouse, as follows:
(1) If the intestate is survived by only one child or by only one lineal descendant of only one deceased child, that person shall take the entire net estate or share;"
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