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Full Administration (estates valued at over $40,000)
If the decedent leaves assets valued at more than $40,000, the decedent's estate will be subject to what is known as "full administration" in the Probate Division. This process will probably take over a year from the date of death. In general, a full administration consists of:
- Filing of the initial paperwork with the Probate Division
- Appointment of a Personal Representative who has the duty to administer the estate under court supervision
- Publication of a legal notice giving creditors a time period in which to file claims against the estate
- Collecting the decedent's assets
- File an initial inventory of the decedent's assets with the Probate Division
- Pay any debts owed by the estate and settle any disputes
- File a final statement of account with the Probate Division outlining assets, claims, and other expenses paid and the proposed distribution of the remaining assets to the beneficiaries
- Distribute the remaining assets
Independent Administration versus Supervised Administration
Independent Administration - If the will calls for independent administration or the beneficiaries consent to independent administration the probate court will allow for more informal supervision, thus saving time and money.
Supervised Administration - This is a more formal process whereby the probate court must approve many actions of the personal representative who must file annual accountings which are fully reviewed and audited by the Probate Division.
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