Can a small estate affidavit be used for decedents in another state?

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Can a small estate affidavit be used for decedents in another state?

My son passed away while working at a temporary job in NV. His bank accounts and brokerage accounts were opened in CA and he left them in CA for his temporary job. His estate is less than $150,000.

Asked on August 27, 2018 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If you do not mind I need to clarify some things.  First, if the job in NV was only temporary then I am thinking that your son was not a resident of that state. Did he file taxes there or in California as a resident?  That would determine his residency and which small estate laws apply.  I think it may be best for you to consult with an attorney - just for maybe a half hour or so -  on a flat rate basis as to proceeding.  It will be worth the money.  Good luck.


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