How to Open an Estate in North Carolina

If you’ve been appointed as an Executor under a North Carolina resident’s Last Will and Testament, you must bring the original Will to the courthouse in the county where the decedent lived and qualify to administer the Estate.

You’ll find the forms you need to complete here:

If you need help completing these forms or assistance in administering the Estate, the law entitles you to hire an attorney at the Estate’s expense to aid you in these tasks.


For over twenty-five years Attorney Amanda Spence has assisted hundreds of clients with probate and estate administration matters in counties throughout North Carolina. Contact her at (919) 863-4183 or if you have questions about opening an estate or the estate administration process in North Carolina.