In the state of North Carolina if a person dies and does not have a will, they are considered intestate. The North Carolina General Statues Chapter 29 states how a person’s estate will be distributed.
Personal Property (meaning everything except real estate) explains how the estate is distributed if there is a surviving spouse.
Below is a slideshow presentation I have created to help explain part of the North Carolina General Statutes that explain how real property is distributed when there is a surviving spouse.
This is not legal advice and other states have different statutes governing intestate distribution. You should always consult a local lawyer for local advice on your estate.