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Indiana Small Estate Affidavit | Form 49284

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Indiana Small Estate Affidavit | Form 49284

Updated April 29, 2024

An Indiana small estate affidavit is used to gather the assets of a person who has died and left behind an estate worth less than $100,000. The affidavit cannot be filed earlier than forty-five (45) days after the date of death and must be signed in front of a notary public. The small estate affidavit provides a simplified method of handling a small estate without having to go through the probate process.


  • Days after Death – Forty-five (45) days.[1]
  • Maximum$100,000.[2] A small estate of a person who dies after June 30, 2006, and before July 1, 2022, shall not exceed $50,000 (less liens, encumbrances, and funeral expenses) to qualify. This does not include motor vehicles or watercraft, as defined in IC 9-13-2-198.5. These can be filed for transfer at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. (Locate your local office here.) The estate of an individual who dies after June 30, 2022, shall not exceed $100,000.
  • SigningState Form 54985 must be notarized.
  • StatuteProbate Code, Chapter 8. Dispensing with Administration

How to File (5 steps)

  1. Wait Forty-five (45) Days
  2. Prepare Affidavit
  3. Notify Every Person Identified
  4. Get It Notarized
  5. Collect the Assets

1. Wait Forty-five (45) Days

A period of forty-five (45) has to pass before you can use a small estate affidavit in the State of Indiana.

2. Prepare Affidavit

Download Form 54985. Prepare and sign the form. Include information you have about persons entitled to assets.

3. Notify Every Person Identified

Notify each person identified in the affidavit of your intention to present the affidavit.

4. Get It Notarized

Sign the form in front of a notary public in and for the state and county named in the affidavit.

5. Collect the Assets

You do not have to file this form in court. You can give the form to the person, bank, or company currently holding the assets you have a right to inherit. You’ll also have to pay someone else who has rights to the same property what they are owed.


How to Write

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Decedent Information

(1) Indiana Deceased Party’s Name. The identity of the Indiana Resident who has passed away and whose estate will be discussed should be presented in the first table.

(2) Social Security Number Of Deceased. Obtain then produce the Indiana Deceased’s social security number so that he or she may be properly identified.

(3) Date Of Death. The reported calendar date of death on the Indiana Deceased’s birth certificate should be furnished with his or her identity.

(4) Address. Dispense the residential address of the Indiana Decedent.

Affiant Statement

(5) Name Of Indiana Affiant. Identify yourself as the Petitioner for control over the Indiana Decedent’s estate.

Article 4

(6) Entitled Heir To Indiana Decedent. Every Heir to the Indiana Decedent’s estate must be named. Produce his or her full name then continue to supply the information the table in the fourth article will request. If more room is required then an attachment with the information this table requests on all the Heirs may be developed and physically attached to this form.

(7) Portion Of Account. The portion (percentage, ratio, or dollar amount) of the Decedent’s estate that each Heir is entitled to must be documented with his or her name. Furnish this information to the area immediately to the right of the Heir’s name.

(8) Address Of Heir. In addition to his or her name, the residential address maintained by each Heir should be produced with his or her identity.

(9) Indiana Affiant Signature. The Affiant petitioning for control over the Indiana Decedent’s estate should sign his or her name.

(10) Signature Date Of Indiana Affiant.

(11) Printed Name Of Signature Affiant.

(12) Indiana Affiant Social Security Number. The Affiant’s full social security number should be presented with the signature provided.

(13) Date Of Birth. The Signature Affiant should also dispense his or her birth date so that he or she can be easily and properly identified by any court that may review this document in the future.

(14) Indiana Affiant Address. A reliable address where the Indiana Affiant can be found, contacted, and/or served official notice should be dispensed to the final portion of his or her signature area.

(15) Indiana Notarization Requirement. The final area provided must be completed by the Notary Public obtained for this paperwork.


  1. IC 29-1-8-1(a)
  2. IC 29-1-8-1(b)(1)