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.
If the intestate does not have a surviving spouse there ire statutes on how others will share in the estate. One explains the priority on those other than a surviving spouse. The other explains how the estate will be distributed among classes.
Below is a slideshow presentation I have created to help explain part of the North Carolina General Statutes that explain how the estate 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.