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Pennsylvania Small Estate Affidavit

A Pennsylvania small estate affidavit is a document used to petition the Orphans’ Court for appointment as the personal representative over a deceased individual’s small estate. It can only be used for estates valued at less than $50,000. Using this form helps avoid the probate process, which can be time-consuming and costly.
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How to File (3 steps)

1. Complete the Paperwork

Collect and complete all of the following documents:

2. File with the Court

File these documents with the Orphans’ Court local to the decedent’s final place of permanent residence.

3. Notify Other Beneficiaries

Send written notice to all other actual and potential estate beneficiaries that the affidavit has been filed.