There are three basic types of proceedings for administering the decedent's estate.
This type of proceeding is used when there are considerable assets and it is necessary to appoint a representative to act on behalf of the estate. The capacity in which the representative will act is determined by the Court at the time of appointment. Letters of administration will be issued to the representative so that he/she may complete the administration of the estate.
Summary administration may be administered when the value of the entire estate subject to administration does not exceed $75,000.
Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration
The disposition is filed to request the release of the assets of the deceased, to the person who paid the final expenses, such as funeral bills, medical bills for the last 60 days, et cetera. This procedure may be accomplished with the filing of a formal petition. The forms required to file the disposition are available from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Probate Court Records Division.
Refer to the current Schedule of Service Charges, available in any Clerk's Office, for the current filing fee.