What residents need to know about small estates

What You Need to Know About Your State's Small Estates Limit

Small estates don't have to go through probate to be distributed. Find out what State's limit is for this small estates procedure.
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Updated: 2020-09-14
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If you're wrapping up the estate of a state resident who died with an estate that's worth less than a certain dollar amount, you won't have to go through a formal probate court proceeding. 

It doesn't matter whether or not the deceased person left a will; what matters is the value of the assets left behind. If the estate's value is under the "small estates" limit in your state, you can take advantage of a simplified probate procedure, often called a "summary probate." Instead of having a court hearing in front of a judge, you may need only to file a simple form or two and wait for a certain amount of time before distributing the assets.

Click on the state-specific article below to learn about your state's small estate's dollar limit and procedure.

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There are versions of this article for each State.

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