What do I need to open an estate?

To open an estate you will need:

  • Approximate value of the decedent’s estate
    • We do not accept "unknown" values.
  • Check or U.S. Money Order for probate fees (based on the estimated value)
  • Original Death Certificate
  • Original will, if the decedent had one
    • Please make a copy for your records.
  • Person(s) who can qualify as Executor(s) or Administrator(s)
  • Typed Petition for Probate/Administration, Letters.
    • Please do not hand print petitions.

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1. What does "probate" mean?
2. Are all wills open to the public?
3. Why is a will registered or probated?
4. What does "intestate" mean?
5. What is a short certificate?
6. When does a will get registered and filed?
7. Why do you keep the original will?
8. I can only find a copy of the will I'd like to offer for probate. What can I do?
9. What are Letters Testamentary / Letters of Administration?
10. Do I need an attorney to apply for files?
11. Who can be appointed administrator?
12. What do I need to open an estate?
13. Can your office help me prepare the inheritance tax form?