A will is a legal document which states what a person wants to happen to his or her property upon their death. A will is one of the most important documents in estate planning and should be the result of much deliberation and discussion with your lawyer.

If a person dies with a valid will then the probate court must follow the wishes of the deceased.

If a person dies without a will in North Carolina then his or her estate is distributed by the operation of what are called the intestacy laws.

To make a valid will a person must be competent when they make the will and certain formalities must be followed in the execution of the document.