• Huntersville man has trouble with the DMV after father dies

    By: Jason Stoogenke

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    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Jim Talbot, of Huntersville, found it difficult to inherit his father’s vehicle and get the title changed to his name.

    His 86-year-old father had a stroke and died a week and a half later. He did not have a will or probate.

    "He was just a faithful man in a lot of ways," Talbot said. "He was a good man to my mom." 

    Talbot and his sisters divided up their father's belongings. 

    Talbot got two pickup trucks.

    "My dad bought this last summer and he was going to go fishing, and go camping, and all these kind of things and that never materialized," he said.

    Talbot had trouble getting the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to transfer the two titles to his name. 

    "I probably did at least 10 visits to my local DMV, countless phone calls, endless emails," Talbot said.

    He said he contacted his state representative, but that did not do any good, so he contacted Action 9.

    Three days after Action 9 got involved, the DMV told Talbot his issue was resolved. 

    Two weeks after that, he had both titles. 

    "I was really amazed that the response came as quickly as it did," Talbot said.

    If there is no will or probate, heirs will likely need an affidavit stating who died and when. They will also need to inform the DMV that there is no will, what the relationship with the person was and if there are any other heirs.

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