Intestate succession is the legal phrase for distributing the assets of a deceased person who died without a valid will. Intestate refers to a person who dies without a valid will. Succession refers to how that person’s estate is distributed. The law of intestate succession is governed by Chapter 29 Article 1 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The statutes provide how a person’s estate is divided up based on whether there are surviving spouses, children, and relatives.
Because the statutes may not distribute your assets the way you would like them distributed, it is best to make sure you have a valid will in place that will carry out your wishes.