A small estate affidavit is a simple form which some institutions require in lieu of a full blown decedent's estate. The form can be found on line or an attorney can prepare it for you at minimal cost. The form does not have to be brought before a judge.
Go on the website of the local county court for the form and copy it, fill it out and get it notarized.
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The Rock Island County clerk of the Circuit Court website has a small estate affidavit available for you. You should download that form and carefully fill it out. It may or may not require a notary. That should be sufficient and you do not need to go to the actual judge to have anything done.
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I agree with the earlier answers, but, to assure compliance with the statute and acceptance, I suggest you consider an attorney preparing the form if the stock is worth any reasonable value. The discussion and arrangements can often be handled by phone, fax and E-mail and the cost is not substantial.
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