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If you are currently dealing with, or about to deal with, the North Dakota state court system with respect to a probate or estate issue - the following information should be helpful to you.

Probate law governs estate matters when someone who, such as a family member or other loved one, passes away. These laws insure that creditors are paid properly and that assets are distributed correctly to the "heirs," or the descendant(s) of the estate.

What is the purpose of Probate? Probate is the legal process that deals with estate assets and property, with regard to heirs and creditors. Probate begins with a "petition" to open the estate and name a personal representative who is responsible for the administration of the deceased's property.

The next step is when an official Notice of Creditors is printed in a local newspaper and Notice of Administration is sent to other involved parties. Creditors then have a set amount of time to file their claims from the first date of publication. Then the personal representative can pay the debt and distribute the remaining estate. Finally, a petition for discharge is filed, and the estate is closed.


North Dakota Probate Law

Probate in the state of North Dakota requires that the people managing your estate and inheritance matters are aware how probate is to be conducted in this state, with respect to state probate regulations, deadlines and written documents. It is important to understand the "right of election" of the surviving wife or husband of the decedent. The surviving spouse is allowed to access funds during probate to take care of basic living expenses, outside of their inheritance, as far as the probate court in North Dakota deems appropriate under the circumstances at hand. Once the estate closes, and has gone through probate, the surviving spouse is also allotted his or her share of the estate.

It is important in this state to be familiar with intestate succession (distribution of property and estate assets when there is not a will available) if you have no access to a valid will. It would also be good to be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations governing claims being filed with the probate court against your estate. This scenario will directly affect your personal representative, and of course will have great bearing on when and how you receive your inheritance.

The right of election (of the surviving wife or husband) of a "testator" (an individual that passes away with a valid will left behind) is another probate scenario you should be prepared to deal with, if that fits your specific probate situation.

Deadlines for completing, revising and filing various documents in the state of North Dakota are strict. Failing to meet these timelines can cause delays in the probate process, and delay when heirs can receive their inheritance. Likewise, the manner in which tasks and documents are completed, the way they are written for example, is equally critical. As per North Dakota probate law, a will can actually limit or deny folks people from inheriting a share of the decedent's estate. Obviously, this is where one really needs the help and clarification a lawyer experienced in North Dakota probate can provide.

Moreover, there are various strict deadlines governing claims against any probated estate, plus numerous compliance restrictions as stipulated by the North Dakota probate court. For example, claims can only be filed against the probated estate if the claims are filed inside of a 3-month time frame; 3 months from when your personal representative made public notice in a local newspaper (in the county the decedent resided in at the time of passing) of the estate going into probate. If the personal representative does not publish this notice of probate, claims can be filed against the estate inside of 3-years from the time of the decedent's passing.

You will probably want an experienced probate lawyer involved during probate to accomplish all of these tasks quickly and correctly. Hiring a probate lawyer who is familiar with North Dakota probate law would be extremely helpful. The probate attorney can be there through the entire probate process to insure the inheritance process is being handled properly. It is not advisable to go through North Dakota probate alone, in order to protect your inheritance and the inheritance of the other heirs, should there be other heirs.

North Dakota Probate Resources

North Dakota has no separate probate court. District Court maintains complete jurisdiction over probates, estates, juvenile & mental health issues. The court often permits trial by jury.

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