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General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

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About General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

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.

General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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:

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DC Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) is a probate form in District of Columbia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Atticus Fast Facts About General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003):

  • This form pertains to the State of District of Columbia

  • The official District of Columbia source for this form is here.

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 ’s Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003), 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003), and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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.

General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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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DC Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) is a probate form in District of Columbia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Did you know?

  • Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) 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 General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

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
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The Exact Text on Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003)

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on District of Columbia Form General Forms (Lit) - Affidavit In Compliance With The Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003). You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

Jan 2010 - 1200.10.v 1 S UPERIOR C OURT OF THE D ISTRICT OF C OLUMBIA PROBATE DIVISION _________ LIT _________ (linked to ______________________) (Estate of ______________________) ___________________________________ Plaintiff vs. ___________________________________ Defendant AFFIDAVIT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SERVICE MEMBERS CIVIL RELIEF ACT (2003) (50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq.) _______________________________ certifies and declares as follows: 1. I am:  the plaintiff or  the plaintiff’s agent in the above-entitled case. My relationship to the plaintiff is ______________________________________________. (If the person completing the form is the plaintiff, leave this line blank.) 2. This affidavit is made pursuant to Section 201 of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. § 521). 3. I have caused a careful investigation to be made to ascertain whether the above named defendant is in the military service of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; or a National Guard member called to active service for more than 30 consecutive days by the President or Secretary of Defense to respond to a national emergency; or a commissioned officer in active service of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 4. As a result of this investigation, I hereby state as follows: (check box A, B, C, or D and complete as instructed) A.  The defendant is not in any of the above named branches of the military service AND the defendant has not received notice of induction or notice to report for military service, AND, if this is an action for possession of real property, the premises are not occupied chiefly for dwelling purposes by the spouse, children, or other dependents of a person in military service. The facts supporting this conclusion are as follows (check all that apply and attach additional pages and documentation as necessary):  I have proof of the defendant’s military status from the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center, and the certificate of non-military status is attached.  I have contacted each branch of the military and have received confirmation from each branch that the defendant is not in military service. The responses I have received are attached.  The defendant is not an individual. It is a(n) (specify type of business entity) ____________________________________ and therefore, no investigation of military service is required.  I asked the defendant personally on (date) __________________________________.  I spoke on (date) _____________________ with (name and relationship to defendant) ________________________________ who has reason to know the defendant’s military status because ________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________.  For the following reasons (explain):________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________. B.  After a careful investigation, I could not determine whether the defendant is in any of the above named branches of the military service, whether the defendant received notice of induction or notice to report for military service, or, if this is an action for possession of real property, whether an occupant of the property is the spouse, child, or other dependent of a person in military service. I have made the following efforts to investigate the defendant’s military status (attach additional pages and documentation as necessary):_______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. C.  The defendant is in one of the above named branches of the military service. The facts supporting this conclusion are as follows (attach additional pages and documentation as necessary): ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________. D.  The defendant executed a waiver of rights under Section 107 of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) (50 U.S.C. App. § 517). A copy of the waiver, in at least 12 point type, signed by the defendant during or after his/her military service, is attached. 5. Pursuant to Section 201(b)(4) of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (2003) (50 U.S.C. App. § 521(b)(4)), I certify and declare under penalty of perjury that the information contained above is true. Date: _____________________ _____________________________________ Signature of Attorney _____________________________________ Typed Name of Attorney _____________________________________ Address (Actual address/not Post Office Box) _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Telephone number _____________________________________ Unified Bar number _____________________________________ E-mail address (optional) _____________________________________ Signature _____________________________________ Typed Name _____________________________________ Address (Actual address/not Post Office Box) _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Telephone number Jan 2010 - 1200.10.v1

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