Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone's death. It usually involves proving that the deceased's will is valid, identifying the deceased person's property and having it appraised, paying outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing the property per the will or state law. The Probate division also handles the estates of incapacitated adults, estates of minors, trusts, and wills.
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Please click here to complete a Confidential Information form. Once completed, you can attach it at the end of the online interactive interview that you are completing. Once you attach the Confidential Information form, it will be submitted with your completed online interactive interview forms.
Report of Guardian
Court appointed guardians are required to submit a written report on the condition of the ward's health, living arrangements, quality of life and (sometimes) finances. The Report of Guardian is also used to raise concerns and/or recommendations to the Court about the guardianship.
Verification and Certificate of Notice - The VCNO
When the Court opens a large estate and appoints a Personal Representative ("PR"), the person(s) appointed to the PR must file a "VCNO" within 90 days of appointment. VCNO tells the Court that the required actions have been taken, and people with a legal right to be told about the death have been properly notified. Use this program to complete a VCNO.
Petition for Probate - Large or Small Estate
This program will help you prepare either a Petition for Probate or a Petition for the Administration of a Small Estate as appropriate based on the answers you provide during the online interview.
Statement of Account - Decedent's Estate
As the Personal Representative(s) in supervised decedents estates, you are likely required to file a Statement of Account (on a specific schedule) to detail for the Court and interested persons how the estate is being administered. This program will generate all required schedules to complete a Statement of Account.
Motion to Appear In Person for a Remote Hearing
Use this interview to request to appear in person for a remote hearing in the D.C. Superior Court. This interview should not be used for Civil or Family Court hearings.
Motion to Appear Remotely for an In Person Hearing
Use this interview to request to appear remotely for an in person hearing in the D.C. Superior Court.