The full probate process in North Carolina can be complex and generally takes about a year to complete. Sometimes probate can be completed within 6 months of filing the will, and other times, depending on complexities, responsiveness of heir/beneficiaries, and the Court, this process can take longer than a year.
If there are assets subject to probate, it’s vital to consult with a probate estate administration attorney in order to determine what steps are needed to open and close a loved one’s estate. North Carolina has varying complexities and nuances to the probate process, which can include a simple filing of an Application and Assignment Year’s Allowance (often called a Spousal Allowance or Child’s Allowance for children defined under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 30-17), an Application for Assignment of Vehicle title; a Small Estate Affidavit for Estates; or Summary Administration.
Here is a general timeline of the Full Estate probate process in North Carolina: