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Rhode Island Small Estate Affidavit | Petition for Voluntary Informal Administration

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The Rhode Island small estate affidavit, also known legally as the ‘Petition for Voluntary Informal Administration’ or ‘Form PC-1.9’, may be used in situations where a person has died and left an estate totaling $15,000 or less in personal property. The form can only be used if at least 30 days has passed since decedent has passed away. It may be filled out by a successor in interest of the decedent. No probate proceeding may be pending if this form is to be used and this form cannot be used if decedent held real property in his or her name.

Maximum – $15,000

Laws – § 33-24-1

How to Write

Step 1 – Write in the county in which the petition is to be filed as well as decedent’s name and any aliases.

Step 2 – Write in the name of deceased, the address of deceased at time of death and the date of death.

Step 3 – Write in your relationship to the decedent.

Step 4 – In Section 3, write in the name s of the heirs of the decedent, the relationship to decedent and street address.

Step 5 – On the attached schedule, fill in the description of the personal property and its value.

Step 5 – Sign and date in front of a notary and file with the probate court representing the jurisdiction in which decedent lived at the time of death.


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