Minnesota Probate Form PRO501

Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box

Everything you need to know about Minnesota Form PRO501, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related MN probate forms.

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About Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box

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.

Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box is a commonly used form within Minnesota. 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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MN Form PRO501, which may also referred to as Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box, is a probate form in Minnesota. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box:

  • This form pertains to the State of Minnesota

  • The official Minnesota 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 PRO501 - Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form PRO501

Step 1 - Download the correct Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 PRO501, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in MN 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 PRO501 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 PRO501 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 Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box 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 Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box 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 Minnesota.

5 reasons you should submit PRO501 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form PRO501, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form PRO501 Online

Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form PRO501 - Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box 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 Minnesota probate court office.

Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box 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 Minnesota-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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MN Form PRO501, which may also referred to as Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box, is a probate form in Minnesota. 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 PRO501 - Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box is a probate form in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box

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 PRO501

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Minnesota Form PRO501 - Instructions – Affidavit In Support Of Search Of Decedent’s Safe Deposit Box. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

PRO501 State ENG Rev 2/16 www.mncourts.gov/forms Page 1 of 1 INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF SEARCH OF DECEDENT – LESSEE’S SAFE DEPOSIT BOX Minnesota Statutes § 55.10 USE THIS FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS ONLY IF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS APPLY TO YOUR SITUATION: • You are related to a person who died or you have a legal interest in the person’s property. • You believe the person who died may have left a will, codicil, deed to a burial lot or a document containing burial instructions in a safe deposit box. • You want to search the safe deposit box for these documents. WHEN CAN YOU USE AN AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF SEARCH OF DECEDENT – LESSEE’S SAFE DEPOSIT BOX? 1. You must make sure that no personal representative of the decedent’s estate has been appointed. 2. You must make sure that there is no surviving joint tenant listed on the safe deposit box. 3. You must have legal standing to submit an affidavit to the banking institution where the safe deposit box is located. One of the following factors must apply to you. a) You are named as personal representative in a purported will of the decedent (lessee) -- the person who owned the safe deposit box b) The person who immediately prior to the death of the decedent (lessee) of the safe deposit box had the right of access to the box as deputy. c) You are the surviving spouse of the decedent ( lessee) of the safe deposit box. d) You are a devisee under the will of the decedent. You are listed in the decedent’s will to receive property. e) You are a heir of the decedent (lessee). f) A person who was designated by the decedent (lessee) in writing filed with the bank before death. WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE AFFIDAVIT: • Bring this affidavit to the banking institution where the safe deposit box is located. Note: This affidavit cannot be used if there is a surviving joint tenant on the safe deposit box. The bank may not open the safe deposit box if it has received a copy of letters of office of the representative of the deceased lessee’s estate or other applicable court order. The bank need not open the box if the box has already been opened under Minn. Stat. § 55.10, if it has received notice of an objection from any person or has reason to believe there would be an objection, or if the lessee’s key or combination is not available. Helpful materials may be found at your public county law library. For a directory, see http://mn.gov/law-library/research-links/county-law-libraries.jsp . For more information, contact your court administrator or call the Minnesota State Law Library at 651-296-2775.

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