New Hampshire Probate Form

Petition For Estate Administration

Everything you need to know about New Hampshire Form Petition For Estate Administration, 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 Estate Administration

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 Estate Administration 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 Estate Administration

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

  • This form pertains to the State of New Hampshire

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 Petition For Estate Administration up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Petition For Estate Administration

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 Petition For Estate Administration, 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 Petition For Estate Administration 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 Petition For Estate Administration 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 Estate Administration 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 this form 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 Petition For Estate Administration, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Petition For Estate Administration 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 Petition For Estate Administration 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 Estate Administration 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 Petition For Estate Administration 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 Estate Administration

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 Petition For Estate Administration

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

For e-Filing only NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 1 of 9 Original Amended (include brief explanation) 1. Petitioner name: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Telephone: E-mail: Petitioner was named executor in will of the deceased: Yes No Relationship to decedent: Petitioner is a New Hampshire resident. Petitioner is not a New Hampshire resident. (If more than one Petitioner, and neither is a NH resident, an Appointment of Resident Agent form (NHJB-2120-Pe) must be filed with this Petition) 2. Petitioner name: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Telephone: E-mail: Petitioner was named executor in will of the deceased: Yes No Relationship to decedent: Petitioner is a New Hampshire resident. Petitioner is not a New Hampshire resident. (If more than one Petitioner, and neither is a NH resident, an Appointment of Resident Agent form (NHJB-2120-Pe) must be filed with this Petition) 3. Attorney name: Telephone: Firm name: Bar ID #: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 4. Deceased name: Date of Death: Residence: City State 5. Did the deceased die with a will? Yes No 5A. If yes, was the will executed in New Hampshire? Yes No 6. Was the will declared valid by a court during the life of the deceased? Yes No 6A. If yes, which court declared the will valid? Name of court THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH https://www.courts.nh.gov Court Name: Case Name: Case Number: (if known) Estate of PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 2 of 9 7. Petitioner asks to serve as: Executor (If will) Administrator (If NO will) Ancillary executor or administrator (If decedent was an out of state resident, but owned real estate in New Hampshire at the time of death and had an estate probated in another state) 8. Is there a named executor or previous administrator or executor who is unable to serve? Yes No 8A. If yes, the name of executor or previous administrator/executor is: of Name of executor or admin unable to serve City/State The named executor or previous administrator or executor (referenced above) cannot serve or continue to serve because: 8B. If more than one, the named executor or previous administrator/executor unable to serve is: of Name of executor or admin unable to serve City/State The named executor or previous administrator or executor (referenced above) cannot serve or continue to serve because: 9. Is the petitioner requesting Waiver of Full Administration? Yes No 9A. If yes, petitioner is requesting WAIVER OF ADMINISTRATION and if the deceased owned real estate in New Hampshire, list the location of the real estate, including the book and page numbers. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Street City and recorded in the County of Book/Page / 10. The deceased was not a resident of New Hampshire and at the time of death, the deceased owned real estate in the State of New Hampshire and the deceased did not have an estate probated in another state. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Yes No If yes complete Section 10A 10A. At the time of death the deceased owned real estate located at: Street City and recorded in the County of Book/Page / Authenticated copy of out-of-state Probate 11. The deceased was not a resident of New Hampshire and at the time of death, the deceased owned real estate in the State of New Hampshire and the estate was probated in another state. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Yes No If yes complete Section 11A-11B 11A. At the time of death the deceased owned real estate located at: Street City and recorded in the County of Book/Page / Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 3 of 9 11B. A copy of the probate (including will, if applicable) of the deceased duly authenticated by the court in the state where the estate is open must be mailed to the Estates Electronic Filing Center. 12. Complete sections 12A, 12B and 12C only if the deceased died with a will: 12A. List all persons and/or entities named in the will to inherit personal or real property that were living at the time of the decedent's death. (Do not list “contingent” beneficiaries in this section.) If the entity to inherit is a trust, list the name of the trust and trustee(s). (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name of Entity: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name of Trust: Name of Trustee: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name of Trustee (if more than one): Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 4 of 9 12B. List any persons named in the will to inherit personal or real property that were not living at the time of the decedent's death. (If there is more than one deceased person named in the will or if more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Date of Death 12B(1). If the will requires a person to survive the decedent in order to inherit, list the contingent persons named in the will. Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 12B(2). If the will does not require a person to survive the decedent in order to inherit, list the children of the deceased person named in the will who would have inherited under the will. (If any children of the deceased person named in the will were not alive when decedent died, list the children of that deceased child pursuant to RSA 551:12.) (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Relationship to deceased person who would have inherited: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Relationship to deceased person who would have inherited: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Relationship to deceased person who would have inherited: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Relationship to deceased person who would have inherited: Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 5 of 9 12C. List the spouse and all known children of the decedent, not named in the will as a beneficiary to inherit. If any of these children were not alive at decedent’s date of death, list the children of that deceased child (decedent’s grandchildren). If any of these children were not alive at decedent’s date of death, list the children of that deceased child (decedent’s great-grandchildren). If any of these children were not alive at decedent’s date of death, list the children of that deceased child (decedent’s great-great-grandchildren). If none, list the parents of the decedent, if living. If neither parent is alive, list the decedent’s brothers and sisters, if living, and the children of any deceased brothers and sisters. If any of the children of the deceased brothers or sisters are not living, list the children of that deceased child. If none, list the grandparent(s) of the decedent, if living. If none, list the decedent’s aunts and uncles, if living, and the children of any deceased aunts and uncles. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 13. Complete sections 13A-13F only if the deceased died without a will: 13A. List the decedent's surviving spouse, if any. Name Street/City/State/Zip code 13B. Does the surviving spouse have children who are not children of the marriage to the decedent AND who were not adopted by the decedent? Yes No 13C. List all the children born of or adopted by the decedent who were living at the time of the decedent’s death. Name: Child of surviving spouse: Yes No Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 6 of 9 Name: Child of surviving spouse: Yes No Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Child of surviving spouse: Yes No Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Child of surviving spouse: Yes No Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 13D. List all children born of or adopted by the decedent who were not living at the time of the decedent’s death. (If there is more than one deceased child or if more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Date of Death List the deceased child's surviving children, grandchildren, etc. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Relationship to deceased child: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to deceased child: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to deceased child: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 13E. If the decedent had no surviving children, grandchildren etc. (to the fourth degree of kinship) list the decedent’s parent(s) if living at the time of the decedent’s death. Name Street/City/State/Zip code Name Street/City/State/Zip code Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 7 of 9 13F. If the decedent had no surviving spouse, parents or children, grandchildren etc. (to the fourth degree of kinship) list the decedent’s brothers and sisters, if living, and the children and grandchildren of any deceased brothers and sisters. If none, list the grandparent(s) of the decedent, if living. If none, list the decedent’s aunts and uncles, if living, and the children of any deceased aunts and uncles. (If more space is needed, attach additional pages) Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code Name: Relationship to decedent: Under 18 y/o: Yes No Mailing address: Street City State Zip code 14. The value of the estate of the deceased consists, as nearly as can be ascertained, of: Real Estate (only if located in NH) ............................................ $ Personal Estate ..................................................................... $ Total amount of Estate .......................................................... $ • If you are filing an ORIGINAL Petition for Estate Administration the court will send copies to all interested parties to the addresses you provided above. (Do not send copies and do not complete the statement below certifying you are sending them) OR • If you are filing an AMENDED Petition for Estate Administration you must send copies and complete the statement below certifying you have done this. 0.00 Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 8 of 9 Complete this only if this is an Amended petition: I state that on this date I am sending a copy of this document as required by the rules of the Circuit Court. I am electronically sending this document through the court’s electronic filing system to all attorneys and to all other parties who have entered electronic service contacts (email addresses) in this case. I am mailing or hand-delivering copies to all other interested parties. Bond Acknowledgment: If appointed, I understand the court may require a surety bond. If a bond is not required, I understand that it is my responsibility to manage all assets of the estate in a prudent manner. I further understand that if I fail to do so I may be held personally responsible up to the value of the assets of the estate. Signature Instructions: The signature area below is for Petitioner(s) only. Attorneys representing Petitioner(s) do not sign here. Verification: I verify the truth and accuracy of all facts alleged within this document to the best of my belief and further verify that all facts contained in this document are alleged in good faith. By affixing my electronic signature to this document I acknowledge my understanding that any false statements made in this document are punishable as perjury which may include a fine or imprisonment or both. /s/ Petitioner Name Petitioner Signature Date Petitioner Address City State Zip code Petitioner Telephone Petitioner E-mail Verification: I verify the truth and accuracy of all facts alleged within this document to the best of my belief and further verify that all facts contained in this document are alleged in good faith. By affixing my electronic signature to this document I acknowledge my understanding that any false statements made in this document are punishable as perjury which may include a fine or imprisonment or both. /s/ Co-Petitioner Name Co-Petitioner Signature Date Co-Petitioner Address City State Zip code Co-Petitioner Telephone Co-Petitioner E-mail NOTE ONLY IF THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PETITION (not an Amended): FOR THIS FILING TO BE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING MUST BE MAILED TO THE ESTATES ELECTRONIC FILING CENTER. o A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE o THE ORIGINAL WILL AND ANY CODICILS (AMENDMENTS) IF THE DECEASED DIED WITH A WILL Case Name: Estate of Case Number: PETITION FOR ESTATE ADMINISTRATION NHJB-2145-Pe* (04/15/2023) Page 9 of 9 FOR COURT USE ORDER Request for Waiver of Full Administration is granted; certificate of appointment to be issued. Petition for administration is granted; certificate of appointment to be issued. Petition for administration is granted; certificate of appointment to be issued. Prior to issuance the Executor/Administrator is ordered to file with the court, within 30 days of this order, a corporate surety bond in the amount of $ Failure to file the bond within 30 days may result in dismissal of the case. Recommended: Ordered by the Court:

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