Updated: 2020-09-14 by Liza Hanks « Previous Next » How Probate Works in State Who Manages Property Inherited by Children in State? ADVERTISEMENT - 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. by Liza Hanks https://www.womenandwills.com/booksLiza Hanks is a partner at GCA Law Partners LLP in Mountain View, California, where she practices estate planning, trust administration, and probate law. She’s the author of Every Californian’s Guide to Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts & Everything Else and The Trustee’s Legal Companion (with Attorney Carol Zolla) and she writes about estate planning and inheritance law here at Legal Consumer. To find out more about Liza's online estate planning courses, go to Redesigning the End. Liza is a graduate of Stanford Law School, a former magazine editor, and the mother of two children (neither of whom show any desire to become attorneys). Jurisdictional relevance: There are versions of this article for each State. Select Your State: You may also be interested in: How Probate Works in State Each state has its own rules about probate. Find out how they do it in State. Who Manages Property Inherited by Children in State? Children can't inherit more than a small amount of property directly. Find out how State allows you to handle a minor's inheritance. What State Residents Need to Know About Inheritance Law Here is an overview of how this site works and what articles you'll find most useful. It can be confusing to sort out the process, the taxes, and the issues that arise after someone's death. This site will help.