Kansas Probate Form 1103

Order Appointing Special Administrator

Everything you need to know about Kansas Form 1103, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related KS probate forms.

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About Order Appointing Special Administrator

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.

Order Appointing Special Administrator is a commonly used form within Kansas. 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:

This order can be filed anytime after the hearing. If bond is required, see K.S.A. 59-1101 and K.S.A. 59-1102.

Atticus Fast Facts About Order Appointing Special Administrator

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Order Appointing Special Administrator:

  • This form pertains to the State of Kansas

  • The relevant probate statute or Kansas laws related to this form include: K.S.A. 59-710, K.S.A. 59-1402, S. Ct. Rule 111

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 Kansas’s Form 1103 - Order Appointing Special Administrator up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form 1103

Step 1 - Download the correct Kansas 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 Kansas 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 1103, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in KS 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 1103 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 1103 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 Order Appointing Special Administrator 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 Order Appointing Special Administrator 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 Kansas.

5 reasons you should submit 1103 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Kansas 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 Kansas. 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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form 1103, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form 1103 Online

Order Appointing Special Administrator is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Kansas 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 Kansas.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form 1103 - Order Appointing Special Administrator 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 Kansas probate court office.

Order Appointing Special Administrator 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 Kansas-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 1103 - Order Appointing Special Administrator is a probate form in Kansas.

  • This order can be filed anytime after the hearing. If bond is required, see K.S.A. 59-1101 and K.S.A. 59-1102.

  • Kansas 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 Kansas.

  • 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 Kansas, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Order Appointing Special Administrator

This order can be filed anytime after the hearing. If bond is required, see K.S.A. 59-1101 and K.S.A. 59-1102.

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 1103

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Kansas Form 1103 - Order Appointing Special Administrator. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

1100-6 Kansas Probate Forms 3d 1103 (CAPTION) ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR NOW, on this day, the Court hears the Petition for Appointment of Special Administrator filed by Mary Doe. Petitioner appears in person and by attorneys, Pleader, Pleader & Tryor. Theodore R. Doe appears in person. There are no other appearances. After examining the files and hearing the evidence, statements and arguments of counsel, the Court finds: 1. Notice of the time and place of hearing is not necessary or required by law. 2. Allegations of the Petition are true. 3. John Doe, a resident of Apache County, Kansas, died on July 3, 2009, leaving an estate to be administered. 4. Decedent owned at the time of death: (a) Approximately five hundred acres of growing wheat which should be harvested, sold or otherwise disposed of to avoid a substantial loss. (b) A retail produce business which decedent also operated and which consists of a substantial inventory of fruit, vegetables and other perishable products, and the operation of the business should be continued for the purpose of avoiding a substantial or total loss. 5. A Special Administrator should be appointed to perform the following duties until further Order of the Court: (a) Harvest the growing crops owned by the decedent at the time of death; sell and dispose of the harvested grain by current, customary and practical methods; and pay from the proceeds of the sale all necessary expenses incurred in the harvesting and sale; and such appointment shall continue until further order of the court, but not to exceed six months from the date of issuance of Letters of Special Administration. 2021 1100-7 Kansas Probate Forms 3d (b) Take into possession the retail produce business owned and operated by the decedent at the time of decedent's death; continue to manage, conduct and operate the same in such manner and to such extent as Special Administrator shall determined to be in the best interests of decedent's estate; and such appointment shall continue until further order of this Court, but not to exceed six months from the date of issuance of Letters of Special Administration. 6. Theodore R. Doe, a resident of Metropolis, Apache County, Kansas, is a fit and proper person to be appointed Special Administrator of the Estate. THE COURT ORDERS: Theodore R. Doe is appointed Special Administrator of the Estate of John Doe, deceased, and upon filing an oath and bond in the amount of $5,000, Letters of Special Administration stating the specific duties enumerated above shall issue. THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE as of the date and time shown on the electronic file stamp. SUBMITTED BY: /s/ W.B. Pleader W.B. Pleader, # 00000 PLEADER, PLEADER & TRYOR The Hometown State Bank Building Hometown, Kansas 66648 (913) 555-0000 [Fax: (913) 555-1111] wbpleader@ppt.com Attorneys for Petitioner Reference K.S.A. 59-710; 59-1402; S. Ct. Rule 111. Time Anytime after the hearing. Comment If bond is required, see K.S.A. 59-1101 and 59-1102. 2021

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