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Vermont Small Estate Affidavit | Petition to Open Small Estate

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The Vermont small estate affidavit, also known as the ‘Petition to Open Small Estate’  is for use to expedite the probate process in the event that decedent dies with an estate valued at $45,000 or less with no real estate. This form will need to include a certified death certificate, the will, if any, inventory of assets and their value as of date of death and a copy of the paid funeral bill. Once this is filed with the local probate court, and accepted, you will be able to act as the executor/administrator of the estate.

Maximum – $45,000

Laws – § 1901. Commencement of small estate

How to Write

Step 1 – Write in the county in which you are filing the document.

Step 2 – Write in the name of the decedent.

Step 3 – Write in the the town and state in which decedent resided at the time of death (not necessarily where he or she died)

Step 4 – Write in the date of death.

Step 5 – Write in who the decedent was survived by.

Step 6 – Write in the status of the decedent’s will, if any.

Step 7 – Make sure to attach the fee, certified copy of death certificate, list of interested persons, original will, notarized inventory of assets, copy of pad funeral bill.

Step 8 – Write in your name, address and phone number and check whether you are named as executor of the will.