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Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

Everything you need to know about District of Columbia Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es), including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related DC probate forms.

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About Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) is a commonly used form within District of Columbia. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es):

  • This form pertains to the State of District of Columbia

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about District of Columbia’s Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

Step 1 - Download the correct District of Columbia form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some District of Columbia probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es), take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in DC are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in District of Columbia.

5 reasons you should submit this form as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster District of Columbia can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in District of Columbia. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of District of Columbia is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for District of Columbia probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local District of Columbia probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es), and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some District of Columbia probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within District of Columbia.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the District of Columbia probate court office.

Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any District of Columbia-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es) is a probate form in District of Columbia.

  • District of Columbia has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in District of Columbia.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in District of Columbia, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es)

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on District of Columbia Form Case Initiation (Lit) - Bill Of Costs (Es). You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

Bill of Costs Translated by JTG, inc. 04/2017 EN EL TRIBUNAL SUPERIOR DEL DISTRITO DE COLUMBIA DIVISIÓN TESTAMENTARIA Y DE SUCESIONES _____________________________ contra _______________________________ Número de expediente ____________________ Habiéndose dictado sentencia respecto de la acción antes mencionada el día ______ de ________ de 20__, contra _____________________________________________, se solicita al secretario que tase lo siguiente como costas: TASACIÓN DE COSTAS Honorarios del secretario Honorarios del alguacil Honorarios del taquígrafo del tribunal por la totalidad o cualquier parte de la transcripción necesariamente obtenida para su uso en el caso Honorarios de testigos (detallados en la hoja adjunta) Gastos de ejemplificación y copias de papeles necesariamente obtenidos para su uso en copias Costas inherentes a la toma de declaración Costas según figuran en el Mandato del Tribunal de Apelaciones (Court of Appeals) Otras costas (detallar). Notificación de citación a los testigos del juicio Total $_____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ 0.00 $_____________________ Yo, _________________________, por el presente, juro que las costas antes mencionadas son correctas y que se generaron de manera necesaria en la presente acción, y que los servicios por los cuales se cobraron los honorarios se prestaron de manera real y necesaria. El día de hoy se envió una copia de este documento por correo a _____________________________________________________________________ . Sepa que compareceré ante el secretario quien tasará dichas costas el ______ de _______________ de 20__, a las ________. Abogado de _________________ Firmado y jurado ante mí en este día ______ de _______________ de 20__. ____________________ Escribano público Bill of Costs Translated by JTG, inc. 04/2017 Por el presente, se tasan las costas por la suma de $___________ el día_____ de __________ de 20__, y se incluye dicha suma en la sentencia. Por _________________________________ (Juez) (Secretario adjunto) Bill of Costs Translated by JTG, inc. 04/2017 Honorario de testigos Subsistencia Asistencia Nombre completo y domicilio Total Costas Días Costas Días ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ ___________________________________________ _____ _______ _____ _______ AVISO Verificación de la tasación de costas. Viáticos totales Costas totales Costas de viáticos de cada testigo _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ _____ _______ _____________ TOTAL Antes de que se tasen las costas, la parte que reclame cualquier elemento de costas o gastos deberá adjuntar a ello una declaración jurada redactada por sí misma, por su abogado debidamente autorizado o por un representante con conocimiento de los hechos, la cual establezca que dicho elemento es correcto y que se generó de manera necesaria en el caso, y que los servicios por los cuales se cobraron los honorarios se prestaron de manera real y necesaria. Se presentará una tasación de costas en el caso, la cual, luego de ser aprobada, se incluirá en la sentencia o en el decreto. Normas de Procedimiento Civil del Tribunal Superior del Distrito de Columbia que contienen las siguientes disposiciones: Norma 54(d): “Excepto cuando exista una disposición expresa para ello tanto en una ley de los Estados Unidos o en estas normas, las costas serás asignadas sin duda a la parte vencedora, a menos que el tribunal ordene lo contrario; sin embargo, las costas contra los Estados Unidos, sus funcionarios y organismos se impondrán solo en la medida en que lo permita la ley. El secretario puede tasar las costas con un preaviso de un día. En función de la moción entregada dentro de los 5 días posteriores, el tribunal puede revisar la acción del secretario”. Regla 6(e): “Siempre que una parte tenga derecho o esté obligada a llevar a cabo alguna acción o interponer un recurso dentro de un período prescripto luego de que se le entregue una notificación u otro documento por correo, se agregarán 3 días al período prescripto”. Regla 58 (en parte): “No se podrá demorar el registro de la sentencia debido a la tasación de las costas”. Consultar también: las normas 24-I, 36(a), 41(d), 43(f), 54-I(b), 54-II, 62-I, 70, 71 A(1), 77-II(b), y las normas correspondientes del Bill of Costs Translated by JTG, inc. 04/2017 Tribunal de Apelaciones del Distrito de Columbia.

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