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North Carolina Small Estate Affidavit | Form AOC-E-203B

A North Carolina small estate affidavit is a document that allows an individual to petition for all or a portion of a deceased person’s estate. The petitioner, or affiant, can only use this affidavit if they have a lawful claim to the estate. This helps estates of low value to avoid lengthy and expensive probate proceedings.
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How to File (4 steps)

1. Wait 30 Days

Before filing this affidavit with the court, affiants must wait until at least 30 days have passed since the decedent’s death.

2. No Personal Representative

Confirm that there are no appointments or petitions for a personal representative of the estate by checking with the North Carolina public records search.

3. Complete Documentation

Gather and complete the following documents for filing:

4. File with the Superior Court

File the affidavit with the Superior Court local to where the decedent lived at their death.