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Dad is without a will due to his playing lawyer and editing his copy after the notary had authenticated his signature. Most of his assets already have a beneficiary listed, but his house does not. He is willing to sign a quit claim on the house, but given that you inherit property on a stepped up basis is it better that it go through probate? It's worth noting that the house is probably only worth about $50,000, down from the $60,000 he paid 18 months ago, and with significant amounts of money sunk into it to improve it. The quit claim lists the price as $1. The property is in NC.

Far more important than the question of quitclaim vs. probate is the question of who might have a claim on part of the inheritance if he dies intestate. State law governs, not whatever the family may think.

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