North Carolina Probate Form AOC-E-502

Orden Para Presentar Documentos

Everything you need to know about North Carolina Form AOC-E-502, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NC probate forms.

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About Orden Para Presentar Documentos

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Orden Para Presentar Documentos is a commonly used form within North Carolina. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Orden Para Presentar Documentos

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Orden Para Presentar Documentos:

  • This form pertains to the State of North Carolina

  • The current version of this form was last revised on October 4, 2018

  • The relevant probate statute or North Carolina laws related to this form include: 28A-20-2, 28A-20-3, 28A-21-4, 28A-25-4, 35A-1242, 35A-1262, 35A-1264, 36C-2-208, 36C-2-209

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about North Carolina’s Form AOC-E-502 - Orden Para Presentar Documentos up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form AOC-E-502

Step 1 - Download the correct North Carolina form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some North Carolina probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form AOC-E-502, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NC are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form AOC-E-502 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form AOC-E-502 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Orden Para Presentar Documentos to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Orden Para Presentar Documentos is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in North Carolina.

5 reasons you should submit AOC-E-502 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster North Carolina can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in North Carolina. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of North Carolina is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for North Carolina probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local North Carolina probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form AOC-E-502, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form AOC-E-502 Online

Orden Para Presentar Documentos is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some North Carolina probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within North Carolina.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form AOC-E-502 - Orden Para Presentar Documentos f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the North Carolina probate court office.

Orden Para Presentar Documentos is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any North Carolina-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form AOC-E-502 - Orden Para Presentar Documentos is a probate form in North Carolina.

  • North Carolina has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in North Carolina.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in North Carolina, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Orden Para Presentar Documentos

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form AOC-E-502

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on North Carolina Form AOC-E-502 - Orden Para Presentar Documentos. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

AOC-E-502 Spanish, page 1 of 3, Rev. 6/18 © 2018 Administrative Office of the Courts AOC-E-502, español, página 1 de 3, rev. 6/18 © 2018 Oficina Administrativa de los Tribunales POR FAVOR LLENE LA VERSIÓN EN INGLÉS DE ESTE FORMULARIO NOTE: THIS FORM IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM FOR FILING. USE THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE AOC-E-502 INSTEAD. SÍRVASE NOTAR: ESTE FORMULARIO SÓLO SE DISPONE PARA FINES INFORMATIVOS. NO LO DEBE PRESENTAR EN EL TRIBUNAL, SINO QUE DEBE LLENAR Y PRESENTAR LA VERSIÓN EN INGLÉS DEL FORMULARIO AOC-E-502. File No. Nro. de expediente STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA EL ESTADO DE CAROLINA DEL NORTE County Condado de In The General Court Of Justice Superior Court Division Before The Clerk En los Tribunales de Justicia del Fuero Común Sección del Tribunal Superior Ante el Secretario ORDER TO FILE ORDEN PARA PRESENTAR DOCUMENTOS G.S. 28A-20-2, -3; 28A-21-4; 28A-25-4; 35A-1242, -1262, -1264; 36C-2-208, -209 Artículos 28A-20-2, -3; 28A-21-4; 28A-25-4; 35A-1242, -1262, -1264; 36C-2-208, -209 de la ley IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: EN EL ASUNTO DEL PATRIMONIO DE: Name Of Decedent/Minor/Ward/Trust Nombre del difunto / menor de edad / incapacitado / fideicomiso T O Name And Address Of Fiduciary Nombre y dirección del fiduciario Estate Trust Guardianship Patrimonio Fideicomiso Tutela TO THE FIDUCIARY NAMED ABOVE: AL FIDUCIARIO ARRIBA MENCIONADO: The Court hereby finds that: Por medio del presente, el tribunal declara que: 1. you have failed to file your inventory within three (3) months after your qualification as required by law. no ha presentado su inventario a más tardar tres (3) meses después de ser habilitado como se exige por ley. 2. you have failed to file your annual account as required by law. no ha presentado su cuenta anual como se exige por ley. 3. you have failed to file your final account as required by law. no ha presentado su cuenta final como se exige por ley. 4. you have failed to file your final affidavit of collection as required by law. no ha presentado su declaración jurada final para recolección como la ley exige. 5. you have failed to file your guardianship status report as required by law. no ha presentado su informe sobre el estatus de la tutela como la ley exige. 6. the inventory, account, affidavit of collection, or guardianship status report which you submitted is insufficient or unsatisfactory, in that: el inventario, la cuenta, la declaración jurada para recolección o el informe sobre el estatus de la tutela que presentó es insuficiente o insatisfactorio, ya que: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ It is ORDERED that you file a full, satisfactory document as indicated above, in this office within twenty (20) days after service of this order upon you. Se ORDENA que presente un documento completo y satisfactorio como se indica arriba en esta oficina en un plazo de veinte (20) días después de recibir notificación de esta orden. TAKE NOTICE that if the document(s) listed above is not filed within twenty (20) days after the service of this Order, or if there is not good cause shown for your failure to do so, then a proceeding for contempt may be brought against you and you may be removed as fiduciary and be committed to the county jail for an indefinite period. NOTIFÍQUESE que si no presenta cada uno de los documentos arriba señalados a más tardar veinte (20) días después de tener notificación de esta orden, o si no se ha mostrado causa justificada por no hacerlo, entonces se podrá entablar un proceso por desacato judicial en su contra y puede ser deshabilitado como fiduciario y recluido en la cárcel del condado durante un periodo indeterminado. (Over - Side Two is available to facilitate mailing of any copies of this Order.) (Continúe - el lado dos está disponible para facilitar el envío por correo de toda copia de la presente orden.) Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Fecha (mes/día/año) Signature Firma Assistant CSC Clerk Of Superior Court Actuario asistente del TS Secretario del Tribunal Superior P A R A AOC-E-502 Spanish, page 2 of 3, Rev. 6/18 © 2018 Administrative Office of the Courts AOC-E-502, español, página 2 de 3, rev. 6/18 © 2018 Oficina Administrativa de los Tribunales POR FAVOR LLENE LA VERSIÓN EN INGLÉS DE ESTE FORMULARIO RETURN OF SERVICE DILIGENCIA DE NOTIFICACIÓN I certify that this Order was received and served as follows: Certifico que se recibió esta orden y se realizó la notificación como sigue: by leaving a copy of this Order with the fiduciary. al dejar una copia de esta orden al fiduciario. by leaving a copy of this Order at the dwelling house or usual place of abode of the fiduciary named above with a person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein. al dejar una copia en la vivienda casa o residencia habitual del fiduciario arriba mencionado con una persona de madurez y criterios apropiados que vivía en la misma. as the fiduciary is a corporation, service was effected by delivering a copy of this Order to the person named below. ya que el fiduciario es una corporación, se realizó la notificación al entregar una copia de esta orden a la persona indicada abajo. the fiduciary WAS NOT served for the following reason: el fiduciario NO FUE notificado por la siguiente razón: Name And Address Of Person With Whom Copy Left (if corporation, give title of person copy left with) Nombre y dirección de la persona a que se dejó la copia (si es una corporación, escriba el cargo de la persona a que se dejó la copia) Date Received (mm/dd/yyyy) Fecha de recibido (mes/día/ año) Date Served (mm/dd/yyyy) Fecha de notificación (mes/día/ año) Date Returned (mm/dd/yyyy) Fecha de diligencia (mes/día/ año) Name Of Deputy Sheriff Making Return (type or print) Nombre del alguacil auxiliar que hace la diligencia (a máquina o en letra de imprenta) County Of Deputy Sheriff Making Return Condado del alguacil auxiliar que hace la diligencia Signature Of Deputy Sheriff Making Return Firma del alguacil auxiliar que hace la diligencia (Over - Side Two is available to facilitate mailing of any copies of this Order.) (Continúe - el lado dos está disponible para facilitar el envío por correo de toda copia de la presente orden.) AOC-E-502 Spanish, page 3 of 3, Rev. 6/18 © 2018 Administrative Office of the Courts AOC-E-502, español, página 3 de 3, rev. 6/18 © 2018 Oficina Administrativa de los Tribunales POR FAVOR LLENE LA VERSIÓN EN INGLÉS DE ESTE FORMULARIO Copy To Copia a

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