See if there is property left in the decedent's name alone
Property left in a decedent's name alone such as bank accts., cars, real estate, stocks, bonds, anything with title that must be cleared will have to be processed in the probate court to give the heir or distributee clear ownership rights.
Copy of Death Certificate
The Court is going to require that a party produce a copy of the death certificate to establish that residency and venue are valid in the respective county and state.
Copy of document(s) establishing current ownership status and value
The heir or distributee will have to produce for the court a copy of the document establishing the status of ownership as of date of death and the value of the property, such as a motor vehicle title or bank account statement. In the case of real estate, a real estate agent's drive by appraisal will also be necessary also.
Copy of Funeral Bill
The Court will require that the affiant produce a copy of the funeral bill to establish that that expense has already been paid because it would need to be paid before any distributions to heirs or distributees could be allowed.
Affidavit with names and addresses of all heirs and Distributees
The actual affidavit to be filed will have to include all the above information and the court will require a filing fee. Every county is different and if real estate is involved, the Court will most likely require a publication fee be paid to give creditors notice of the filing.
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