If I’m in the process of filing a small estate affidavit for my late brother-in-law who left no Will, must I file a death notice in a local newspaper for creditors?

I know of no creditors and no bills have been coming to his last known address.

Asked on February 4, 2013 under Estate Planning, Oregon


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If the small estate affidavit also requires due notice to creditors, I would. Check your state statute for information or also your local courthouse on brochures concerning small estate/no estate probate requirements.  Usually if you don't meet the minimum, you don't have to file anything or open probate.

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