Maine Probate Form DE-201(I)

Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr

Everything you need to know about Maine Form DE-201(I), including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related ME probate forms.

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About Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr

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.

Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr is a commonly used form within Maine. 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 Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr:

  • This form pertains to the State of Maine

  • The current version of this form was last revised on September 12, 2019

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 Maine’s Form DE-201(I) - Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form DE-201(I)

Step 1 - Download the correct Maine 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 Maine 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 DE-201(I), take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in ME 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 DE-201(I) 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 DE-201(I) 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 Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr 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 Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr 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 Maine.

5 reasons you should submit DE-201(I) as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Maine 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 Maine. 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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form DE-201(I), and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form DE-201(I) Online

Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Maine 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 Maine.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form DE-201(I) - Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr 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 Maine probate court office.

Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr 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 Maine-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 DE-201(I) - Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr is a probate form in Maine.

  • Maine 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 Maine.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr

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 DE-201(I)

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Maine Form DE-201(I) - Application For Informal Probate Of Will Or Appt Of Pr. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

DE-201(I) (Rev. 09/12/19) Page 1 of 5 STATE OF MAINE County Probate Court Docket No. Estate of APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL PROBATE Decedent OF WILL OR APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE UNDER WILL OR BOTH 1.Full legal name of A pplicant: 2.Address, email address and telephone number of Applicant: 3.Legal interest of Applicant in Estate (Check all that apply): 1 P ersonal Representative named in the Will Surviving spouse Domestic partner Devisee Heir Creditor Other (explain): ___________________________________________________________________ 4.Full legal name of Decedent: 5.Date of Decedent’s death: 6.Date of Decedent’s birth (or approximate age if date of birth is unknown): 7.Domicile (i.e. town/city of permanent residence) of Decedent at date of death: 8(a). Names and addresses of spouse, registered domestic partner, children and other heirs (attach additional sheet(s) as necessary): 2 Name Address Date of Birth (if Under 18) 3 Relationship to Decedent DE-201(I) (Rev. 09/12/19) Page 2 of 5 8(a). Continued. Name Address Date of Birth (if Under 18) 3 Relationship to Decedent 8(b). I s there a domestic partner (non-registered): 4 YES  NO  If yes, provide name and address below: 9. N ames and addresses of devisees (attach additional sheet(s), as necessary): 5 Name Address 10(a). Does the probate estate contain real estate located in Maine? YES  NO  If yes, list each municipality and county in which such real estate is located below (Note: Do not list jointly held property which passes by survivorship). DE-201(I) (Rev. 09/12/19) Page 3 of 5 10 (b). Does the residuary estate contain real estate? YES  NO  11.W as Decedent domiciled outside of Maine at date of death? YES  NO  If yes, identify below Decedent’s property that was, at the time of Decedent’s death, or has since then been located in this County, and state whether probate proceedings have been commenced elsewhere with respect to this Estate. 6 12.H as a Personal Representative of the Decedent’s Estate been appointed by any court prior to this date whose appointment has not been terminated? YES  NO  If yes, state that person’s name and address below. 13.D id Decedent die more than three years before the date of this application? YES  NO  If yes, state below the circumstances that authorize commencing this proceeding. 7 14.Has the Applicant received a Demand for Notice or is the Applicant aware of any Demand for Notice of any probate or appointment proceeding concerning the Decedent that may have been filed in this state or elsewhere? 8 YES  NO  If yes, include name and address of persons demanding notice below. Name Address 15.The Applicant is required to provide notice of this application to any person listed in item 14 above, and if the D ecedent was fifty-five (55) years of age or older, to the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, if this application seeks informal probate of a will, the Applicant must provide notice to any person listed in item 12 above, and/or if this application seeks informal appointment of a personal representative, notice must be provided to any person listed in item 19 below. 9 ⬜ I h ereby request that the Register serve the foregoing notices on the Applicant’s behalf in accordance with Rule 4. 16.C heck if desired:  Pursuant to Rule 80B(a), I request the Register to publish notice to creditors. 10 17.The Decedent’s Original Last Will and Testament dated and Codicils dated are filed herewith and t o the best of my knowledge, I believe the Will was validly executed, and, after the exercise of reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any instrument revoking th e Will, and I believe the instrument which is the subject of this petition is the Decedent’s Last Will and Testament . 11 18.N ame and address of Personal Representative whose appointment is sought. (Designate mailing and legal addresses if they are different.) DE-201(I) (Rev. 09/12/19) Page 4 of 5 19.Is the person described in item 18 designated as the Personal Representative in the Will? YES  NO  If no, state the basis of the individual’s priority below. 12 Also, provide the name and address of any person with a prior or equal right to appointment not waived in writing and filed with the Court. 20.C heck one: N o bond is required. A bond is required and attached. 13 A bond may be required. The Court is asked to decide if a bond is necessary and in what amount. An estate tax bond is required and is attached. 14 21.R EQUEST FOR ACTION BY REGISTER (Check (a) and/or (b)): ( a) I ask the Register to allow probate of this Will; and/or (b) I ask the Register to appoint the Personal Representative listed in item 18. 22.U nder penalty of perjury, I, the undersigned Applicant, verify that the information contained in the foregoin g a pplication is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief. 15 I understand that by executing this verification I submit personally to the jurisdiction of this Court in any proceeding for relief from fraud relating to this application or for perjury that may be instituted against me . Dated: Applicant Attorney for Applicant, if any: Name Address Address Phone Number Maine Bar Number Email Address DE-201(I) (Rev. 09/12/19) Page 5 of 5 Fees due upon filing: Filing Fee $ Mailing Notices $ Publication $ Surcharge $10.00 Abstracts $ Other $ 1 18 -C M.R.S. § 1-201(26). 2 18 -C M.R.S. § 1-201(23). 3 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-301(1)(A)(2). 4 18 -C M.R.S. § 1-201(14). 5 18 -C M.R.S. §§ 1- 201(10) and 1-201(11). 6 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-201. 7 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-108. 8 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-301(1)(A)(5). 9 18 -C M.R.S. §§ 3-204, 3-306 and 3-310. 10 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-801. 11 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-301(1)(B). 12 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-203. 13 18 -C M.R.S. § 3-603. 14 36 M.R.S. § 4079. 15 18 -C M.R.S. §§ 1-310 and 3-301. MARP

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