What to do if my mother died 2 years ago and her estate was not large enough to probate?

The insurer refuses to transfer a burial policy on myself to me without letters testamentary or letters of administration. This policy is so small amount I do not want to pay legal fees to get this document. Is there a form for this that I could fill out and take to my probate judge? Or would it have to be the county where she died?

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Estate Planning, Alabama

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Many states such as California have an expedited and inexpensive process to probate small estate (ones less than $100,000 or so). I suggest that you consult with a Wills and trust attorney about this expedited and inexpensive process where the attorney's fees per code are typically a percentage of the estate.

If you do not want to pay an attorney, I suggest that you consult with your local legal aid clinic for assistance.


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