New Hampshire Probate Form NHJB-2497-P

Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead

Everything you need to know about New Hampshire Form NHJB-2497-P, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NH probate forms.

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About Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead

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.

Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead is a commonly used form within New Hampshire. 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 Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead:

  • This form pertains to the State of New Hampshire

  • The current version of this form was last revised on January 2, 2014

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 New Hampshire’s Form NHJB-2497-P - Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form NHJB-2497-P

Step 1 - Download the correct New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 NHJB-2497-P, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NH 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 NHJB-2497-P 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 NHJB-2497-P 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 Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead 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 Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead 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 New Hampshire.

5 reasons you should submit NHJB-2497-P as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire. 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form NHJB-2497-P, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form NHJB-2497-P Online

Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form NHJB-2497-P - Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead 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 New Hampshire probate court office.

Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead 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 New Hampshire-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 NHJB-2497-P - Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead is a probate form in New Hampshire.

  • New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead

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 NHJB-2497-P

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on New Hampshire Form NHJB-2497-P - Petition For Administration Of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

NHJB-2497-P (01/02/2014) Page 1 of 3 THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH Court Name: Case Name: Case Number: (if known) Petition for Administration of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead (RSA 553:18 and 553:19) 1. Petitioner Name Telephone Mailing Address 2. Petitioner Name Telephone Mailing Address 3. Attorney Name Telephone Mailing Address 4. Person Presumed Dead Last known residence (street, city or town) Has person presumed dead lived in this county for at least one year? Yes No 5. This person: (select one) Is presumed to have been killed as a result of some catastrophic event, but his or her body could not be recovered. Left his or her home and has not been heard of or from directly or indirectly for 6 months. The petitioner believes he or she may be dead. 6. The legatees and heirs-at-law to the estate of the person presumed dead are as follows: 7. The value of the estate of the person presumed dead consists, as nearly as can be ascertained, of: Real Estate ......................................................................... $ Personal Estate .................................................................. $ Total amount of Estate ........................................................ $ 8. The petitioner requests that administration be granted to of and whose date of birth is Case Name: Case Number: PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE OF PERSON PRESUMED DEAD (RSA 553:18 AND 553:19) NHJB-2497-P (01/02/2014) Page 2 of 3 The petitioner has also filed with this petition a “Notice on Petition for Administration of Estate of Person Presumed Dead”, and requests that the information contained in that form be published and that if no information is received indicating that is alive, and that circumstances lead to a reasonable belief that he or she is dead, that administration of his or her estate be granted. Date Petitioner Signature ORDER FOR PUBLICATION It is ordered that the annexed notice be published in a newspaper with statewide distribution and which is also published on the Internet. (The petitioner is responsible for arranging publication.) In addition, the annexed notice shall be published in the county in which the person had last lived for one year. Such notice shall be published at least once per week for four consecutive weeks. A copy of the “Notice on Petition for Administration of Estate of Person Presumed Dead” shall be given to the following relatives: Date Signature of Judge Printed Name of Judge ORDER FOR ADMINISTRATION Petition for Administration of Estate of Person Presumed Dead is granted; letters of appointment to be issued. Prior to the issuance of said letters, the fiduciary is ordered to file with the court, within 30 days of this order, a fiduciary bond in the amount of $ , without sureties with corporate sureties. Failure to file the bond within 30 days may result in dismissal of the case. Further order Date Signature of Judge Printed Name of Judge NHJB-2497-P (01/02/2014) Page 3 of 3 THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH Court Name: Case Name: Case Number: (if known) Notice on Petition for Administration of Estate Of Person Presumed Dead (RSA 553:18 and 553:19) Information is wanted regarding who left his or her home in , where he or she had resided for more than one year. This person left his or her home on or about , and has not been heard of, or from, since that date. was about years of age, with eyes, hair, about tall, and weighed about pounds. Occupation had been A petition to administer this person’s estate has been filed, and this notice is ordered by the Judge for County. This petition will be put before the court on at County Probate Division in . All persons interested in this matter may appear and be heard by the court. Any person having information about is requested to forward that information to the Judge in the above-named county, or to contact the court at the following telephone number: . BY ORDER OF THE COURT, Date Clerk of Court Return of Publication 1. Name of publication 2. Name of person authorized to sign below 3. Dates notice was published I certify that notices, of which the above is a true copy, were published once each week for four consecutive weeks as required by the order of notice above. Date Newspaper Representative

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