Someone has died and you wish to open a probate estate through an application for formal probate. But how does that work? Let’s go over how to open a probate estate.

There are a variety of ways in which an estate can be opened. One of the ways is through the formal process, known as filing a petition for probate. The other way is the informal manner, which is done when there’s no conflict to be expected and everyone involved with the probate administration is on good terms with each other.

In order to petition for probate, there is a court approved form which must be filled out. This has important information such as whether the appointment of a personal representative is being done testate(with a will) or intestate (without a will) and information on the decedent. This information includes the social security number of the decedent, family contact information (including their legal representation) and estimated estate asset values.

If you are in need of the petition form, follow this link to receive and print out your very own form. Darren Findling of The Probate Pro goes over the form step by step below, explaining what needs to be filled and why.

While this form shows you what you need to fill out and file a petition, you will want to make sure you have legal representation that knows the probate process. Doing it alone or with someone inexperienced in the field of probate can be costly. The Probate Pro focuses on probate and can help represent you in probate administration matters.

If you or someone you know needs to file a petition for probate or open a probate estate through more informal matters, give The Probate Pro a call today at (877) YOUR-FIRM. Our legal team and support staff are ready to help you with probate.