The Court is prohibited by law (Section 1211 of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code [EPIC]) from providing legal advice and completing forms. These forms provide general information concerning the opening of a decedent's estate and may be useful as a guide. If you have any questions, consider contacting an attorney for assistance.
To obtain general information on opening an unsupervised estate, please view this document Probate Court Estate Information Sheet
Initial Filing to Open Estate
- PC 558 (PDF), Application for Informal Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative Testate/Intestate) OR
- PC 559 (PDF), Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal Representative (Testate/Intestate)
- PC 565 (PDF), Testimony, Interested Persons
- PC 566* (PDF), Supplemental Testimony, Interested Persons, Testate Estate
- PC 567(PDF), Renunciation of Right to Appointment, Nomination of Personal Representation and Waiver of Notice
- PC 568 (PDF), Register's Statement
- PC 571 (PDF), Acceptance of Appointment
- PC 572 (PDF), Letters of Authority for Personal Representative
- PC 573 (PDF), Notice of Appointment of Duties
- PC 574 (PDF), Notice to Creditors
- PC 576 (PDF), Notice Regarding Attorney Fees
- PC 577 (PDF), Inventory
- PC 618 (PDF), Personal Representative Notice to Friend of Court
- PC 587 (PDF), Notice of Continued Administration
- PC 591 (PDF), Sworn Statement to Close Unsupervised Administration
- PC 592 (PDF), Certificate of Completion
Filing Fee - $175 + $12 for Certified letters.
Note: A death certificate must also be filed with the Court (a certified copy is not required).
Unsupervised Administration (DE case type)
Formal Proceedings ("Petition")
Formal proceedings are commenced by filing a "Petition for Probate and/or Appointment of Personal representative (Testate/Intestate)" (PC 559) and other related papers. After either a court hearing with proper notice to all interested persons or upon filing Waiver and Consents from all interested persons, the probate court may admit a will, determine the heirs of the deceased, and appoint a personal representative.
Once the personal representative is appointed, they qualify to act by filing an Acceptance of Appointment (PC 571) and any required bond. The personal representative will proceed with unsupervised administration until the estate is ready to be closed. A petition for a formal proceeding on any aspect of administration may be filed at any point. A judge then enters any applicable orders after either a court hearing with proper notice or upon filing of Waivers and Consents.