Petition & Order

If an estate is under the allowable amount ($23,000 in 2019 in value adjusted annually for cost of living), and consists of both personal property and real property, it may qualify for expedited processing as a small estate. Use form PC 556 Petition and Order for Assignment to start the process. This is the only form needed from the court. A complete submission package will include:

  1. Complete PC 556-Petition and Order for Assignment (PDF).
  2. Attach copy of death certificate.
  3. Attach copy of paid funeral bill showing a 0 balance and who paid the services. If there are remaining fees for the funeral expenses, the assets will be assigned to the funeral home that provided the services.
  4. There is a $25 filing fee, plus inventory fee. Contact the Court to calculate or you may also use the inventory fee calculator.
  5. If a certified copy of the Order is needed, please include $12.
  6. A copy of the petition will be mailed to the Petitioner once the Judge has signed it.