Probating the Estate

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Probating an Intestate Estate
Distribution and Settlement of Estate
Administration of the estate
Letters of Administration
Order appointing administrator
Preparation for hearing
File contest to petitioner
Notice of hearing
File petition for Letter of Administration
Testimony establishing death
Residency requirements
Known heirs and unknown heirs, etc.
Publication of Notice to Creditors
Request appointment of an appraiser
Prepare an original and three copies of the Inventory and Appraisement
Administrator: liquidate assets, collect debts to estate, pay debts of estate, pay administrative expenses
Preliminary distribution
Final distribution, six months from Notice to Creditors, accounting must be prepared, application to court for final discharge, and termination of proceedings