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Abbreviated Probate in Large Estate Proceedings

If you’ve determined that you must file a large estate case in the Probate Division, you’ll next need to determine which petition to file. There are two: abbreviated and standard. The petition you use depends on the party filing for appointment as personal representative.

Large Estate Proceedings

In this post, we’re talking about Large Estate Proceedings. In part 5, we covered small estate proceedings, so if you missed it, go here, or check out this index to our entire probate series to skip to the part you are interested in. It’s true, probate can be a dry subject. No one likes to talk about death, and there is frequently drama between family members when someone dies. We often hear dramatic stories when the person who dies has a lot of money, and that’s usually when a large estate proceeding is opened.

Documents Needed to Open a Small Estate Proceeding in the Probate Division

In this post, we’re demystifying the probate process for you with a list of documents you need to open a small estate probate proceeding in Washington, DC. Remember: a small estate proceeding is for a person who lived in the District of Columbia, died after April 26, 2001, and had assets having a total value of $40,000.00 or less in his or her sole name and/or real estate only in another jurisdiction.

How to Open a Small Estate Proceeding in the Probate Division

In this post, we’re ready to delve into the details of how to open a small estate proceeding. Remember that small estates are opened for a person domiciled in the District of Columbia who died after April 26, 2001, with assets having a total value of $40,000.00 or less in his or her sole name and/or real estate only in another jurisdiction.

Wills, Disclaimers and Foreign Estate Proceedings

In this post, we’re talking about the case types that are overseen by the Probate Division. In Part 2, we talked about small estate proceedings and large estate proceedings. In this post, we’re discussing the other three types of cases: Wills, Disclaimers and Foreign Estate Proceedings.

The Probate Process in Washington, DC

When you think about probate, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the term “probate” probably makes you think about a long, expensive process that happens after someone dies. You’ve perhaps seen movies or even real-life headlines about salacious stories that happen all as a result of someone dying or preparing to die.

Steps Involved in the Probate Process

Probate refers to a court-supervised process whereby all the assets of the deceased person are gathered and taxes and debts are paid, with the remainder distributed to heirs. Court supervision is only necessary when family members, relatives, or creditors are hostile over the remaining estate. In this article, we will take a look at the various steps involved in the probate process.