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Article 1 - Execution of Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-1 31-1. Who may make will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-2 31-2. Repealed by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 1.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3 31-3. Rewritten and renumbered as G.S. 31-3.1 to 31-3.6 by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 2.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.1 31-3.1. Will invalid unless statutory requirements complied with.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.2 31-3.2. Kinds of wills.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.3 31-3.3. Attested written will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.4 31-3.4. Holographic will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.5 31-3.5. Nuncupative will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-3.6 31-3.6. Seal not required.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-4 31-4. Execution of power of appointment by will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-4.1 31-4.1: Repealed by Session Laws 2010-181, s. 1, effective July 1, 2010.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-4.2 31-4.2: Repealed by Session Laws 2010-181, s. 2, effective July 1, 2010.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 2 - Revocation of Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5 31-5. Rewritten and renumbered as G.S. 31-5.1 by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 3.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.1 31-5.1. Revocation of written will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.2 31-5.2. Revocation of nuncupative will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.3 31-5.3. Will not revoked by marriage; dissent from will made prior to marriage.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.4 31-5.4. Revocation by divorce or annulment; revival.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.5 31-5.5. After-born or after-adopted child; children born out of wedlock; effect on will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.6 31-5.6. No revocation by subsequent conveyance.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.7 31-5.7. Specific provisions for revocation exclusive; effect of changes in circumstances.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-5.8 31-5.8. Revival of revoked will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-6 31-6. Renumbered as G.S. 31-5.3 by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 5.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-7 31-7. Repealed by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 9.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-8 31-8. Renumbered as G.S. 31-5.6 by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 8.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 3 - Witnesses to Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-8.1 31-8.1. Who may witness.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-9 31-9. Executor competent witness.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-10 31-10. Beneficiary competent witness; when interest rendered void.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-10.1 31-10.1. Corporate trustee not disqualified by witnessing of will by stockholder.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 4 - Depository for Wills. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-11 31-11. Depositories in offices of clerks of superior court where living persons may file wills.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-11.1 through 31-11.5 31-11.1 through 31-11.5. Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 4A - Self-Proved Wills. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-11.6 31-11.6. How attested wills may be made self-proved.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 5 - Probate of Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-12 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-13 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-14 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-15 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-16 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-17 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-18 31-18: 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-18.1 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-18.2 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-18.3 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-18.4 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-19 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-20 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-21 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-22 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-23 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-24 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-25 through 31-25.1 31-25 through 31-25.1: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-26 31-26: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-27 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-28 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-29 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-30 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-31 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-31.1 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-31.2 31-12 through 31-31.2: Recodified as Article 2A of Chapter 28A of the General Statutes, G.S. 28A-2A-1 through G.S. 28A-2A-23, by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 3, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 6 - Caveat to Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-32 31-32. Filing of caveat.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-33 31-33. Cause transferred to trial docket.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-34 31-34: Repealed by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 8, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-35 31-35. Affidavit of witness as evidence.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-36 31-36. Effect of caveat on estate administration.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-37 31-37: Repealed by Session Laws 2011-344, s. 8, effective January 1, 2012, and applicable to estates of decedents dying on or after that date.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-37.1 31-37.1. Settlement agreement; filing of judgment.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 7 - Construction of Will. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-38 31-38. Devise presumed to be in fee.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-39 31-39. Probate necessary to pass title; rights of lien creditors and purchasers; recordation in county where real property lies.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-40 31-40. What property passes by will.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-41 31-41. Will relates to death of testator.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-42 31-42. Failure of devises by lapse or otherwise; renunciation; 120-hour survivorship requirement, revised simultaneous death act, Article 24, Chapter 28A.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-42.1 through 31-42.2 31-42.1 through 31-42.2. Repealed by Session Laws 1965, c. 938, s. 2.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-43 31-43. When a general gift by will operates as an exercise of power of appointment.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-44 31-44. Repealed by Session Laws 1951, c. 762, s. 2.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-45 31-45. Rewritten and renumbered as G.S. 31-5.5 by Session Laws 1953, c. 1098, s. 7.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-46 31-46. Validity of will; which laws govern.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-46.1 31-46.1. Construction of certain formula clauses applicable to estates of decedents dying in calendar year 2010.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 8 - Testamentary Additions to Trusts. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-47 31-47. Testamentary additions to trusts.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-48 31-48: Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-49 31-49: Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-50 31-50: Reserved for future codification purposes.[RTF] [PDF]
Article 9 - Incorporation by Reference; Acts of Independent Significance. [RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-51 31-51. Incorporation by reference.[RTF] [PDF]
G.S. 31-52 31-52. Acts and events of independent significance.[RTF] [PDF]