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All you need is a will. North Carolina has no laws that entitle your relatives to receive your estate, and you are free to disinherit whomever you wish, other than your spouse if one exists. A will is cheaper, simpler, and easier, and there is no need to title your assets over now. I would just suggest you leave a copy of your will with someone you trust, just in case your family attempts to contest. The only way to circumvent the will is via trust or current transfer but both of those may trigger tax events today. A will is simpler and cheaper unless you have a lot of assets. As far as avoiding probate, if the estate is under $20,000, the executor could file for a small estate affidavit instead:
This is not a site for 'legal advice', merely legal information. You asked purely for either a question as far as a trust or a will, and that is what I focused on. You are free to not be satisfied and I have asked the moderators to assist you. Please take care.