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Grandchildren rights to property

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North Carolina
My grandfather had two children (my mother and her sister). Each daughter had two children, i.e. four grandchildren. My aunt (mother's sister) died in 1986. Her two children lived away & were not active in our family since. Consequently, my mother was responsible for all care (including financial) of my grandparents through their stay in a nursing-home & funeral expenses. At the time of my grandfather's death, he left everything to my mother (about 70 acres of land).

My two cousins (the other two grandchildren) are threatening legal action if my mother does not give them 1/2 of her inheritance - the part that would have been their mother's, had she been alive. Additionally, the land has been in our family for several generations and the cousins want to sell the land for the money. My mother is still alive (62 years old) and in good health. She doesn't think she has to give them anything now - or will anything to them after her death.

What does the law say regarding this? IF she is required to give them anything (now or after death) can she place restrictions on their ability to sell?

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