North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 98. Burnt and Lost Records § 98-6. Establishing contents of will, where original and copy destroyed

Any person desirous of establishing the contents of a will destroyed as aforesaid, there being no copy thereof, may file a petition in the office of the clerk of the superior court, setting forth the entire contents thereof, according to the best of the person's knowledge, information and belief.  All persons having an interest under the same shall be made parties, and if the truth of such petition is denied, the issues of fact shall be transferred to the superior court for trial by a jury, whether the will was recorded, and if so recorded, the contents thereof, and the declarations of the judge shall be recorded as the will of the testator.  Any devisee is a competent witness as to the contents of every part of said will, except such as may concern his own interest in the same.

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