Everything you need to know about New Jersey Form 11215, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NJ probate forms.
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 To Show Cause Probate Part Action is a commonly used form within New Jersey. 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:
Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action:
This form pertains to the State of New Jersey
The official New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s Form 11215 - Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.
Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some New Jersey 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.
Fill out all relevant fields in Form 11215, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NJ 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 11215 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).
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.
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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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 Jersey.
The sooner you begin, the faster New Jersey 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?
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.
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.
It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in New Jersey. 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.
If a house in the State of New Jersey 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 Jersey 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 Jersey probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form 11215, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.
Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.
It may also be available through some New Jersey 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 Jersey.
While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form 11215 - Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action 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 Jersey probate court office.
Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action 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 Jersey-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.
Form 11215 - Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action is a probate form in New Jersey.
New Jersey 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 Jersey.
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 Jersey, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.
What is probate, exactly?
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.
Where can I get help with 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!
What does a NJ executor or personal representative have to do?
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.
Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on New Jersey Form 11215 - Order To Show Cause Probate Part Action. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.
Revised 09/01/2019, CN 11215 page 1 of 3 SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY CHANCERY DIVISION _________ COUNTY PROBATE PART [Caption: See Rule 4:83-3 for Probate Part Actions] IN THE MATTER OF Docket No.: CIVIL ACTION ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE SUMMARY ACTION THIS MATTER being brought before the Court by _____________, attorney for plaintiff, [insert the plaintiff&#x26;#x2019;s name], seeking relief by way of summary action based upon the facts set forth in the verified complaint filed herewith; and the Court having determined that this matter may be commenced by order to show cause as a summary proceeding pursuant to R.4:83-1 and for good cause shown. IT IS on this _____ day of __________ , 20__ , ORDERED that the parties in interest named in paragraph __ of the verified complaint appear and show cause on the _____ day of __________, 20__ before the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part [and fill in, or leave an appropriate blank to be filled in by the Court or Surrogate, if the matter is to be heard by a specified Judge] at the __________ County Courthouse [provide the address] in ______________, New Jersey at _____ o&#x26;#x2019;clock in the _____ noon, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, why judgment should not be entered for: A. [Set forth with specificity the return date relief that the plaintiff is seeking.]; B. _____________________________________; C. ______________________________________; D. Granting such other relief as the court deems equitable and just. And it is further ORDERED that: 1. Any party in interest who wishes to be heard with respect to any of the relief requested in the verified complaint served with this order to show cause shall file with the Surrogate of ______________ County and serve upon the attorney for the plaintiff at the address set forth above, a written answer, an answering affidavit, a motion returnable on the date this matter is scheduled to be heard, or other response to this order to show cause and to the relief requested in the verified complaint by ________________, 20___. Filing shall be made with the Surrogate of __________ County at Revised 09/01/2019, CN 11215 page 2 of 3 [insert address of Surrogate in the County where action is being brought]. Such responding party in interest shall also file with such Surrogate by the foregoing date a proof of service upon the plaintiff. [A copy of such response shall also be filed directly with the chambers of Judge _______________ at the following address: _________________________________________.] 2. Any party in interest who fails to timely file and serve a response in the manner provided in paragraph 1 of this order to show cause shall be deemed in default, the matter may proceed to judgment without any further notice to or participation by such defaulting party in interest, and the judgment shall be binding upon such defaulting party in interest. 3. Parties in interest are hereby advised that a telephone call to the plaintiff, to the plaintiff&#x26;#x2019;s attorney, to the Surrogate, or to the Court will not protect your rights; you must file and serve your answer, answering affidavit, motion or other response with the filing fee required by statute. The check or money order for the filing fee shall be made payable to the Surrogate of the County where this matter is being heard. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may call the Legal Services office in the county in which you live. A list of these offices is provided. If you do not have an attorney or are not eligible for free legal assistance through the Legal Services office (or such office does not provide services for this particular type of proceeding), you may obtain a referral to an attorney by calling one of the Lawyer Referral Services. A list of these office numbers is also provided. 4. If no party in interest timely files and serves a response to this order to show cause as provided for above, the application may be decided by the Court on or after the date this matter is scheduled to be heard, and may be decided on the papers without a hearing, provided that the plaintiff has filed a proof of service and a proposed form of judgment as required by paragraphs 7 and 9 of this order to show cause. 5. If a party in interest timely files a response as provided for above, the court may entertain argument [add if appropriate: &#x26;#x201C;and may take testimony&#x26;#x201D; or &#x26;#x201C;but will not take testimony&#x26;#x201D;] on the date this matter is scheduled to be heard. 6. The plaintiff must file and serve any written reply to the response of a party in interest by _________, 20__. The reply papers together with a proof of service must be filed with the Surrogate in the county listed above [and a copy of the reply papers must be sent directly to the chambers of Judge __________]. 7. Plaintiff shall submit to the Surrogate an original and two copies of a proposed form of judgment addressing the relief sought on the date this matter is scheduled to be heard (along with a postage-paid return envelope) no later than _____ (__) days before the date this matter is scheduled to be heard. Revised 09/01/2019, CN 11215 page 3 of 3 8. A copy of this order to show cause, the verified complaint, and [insert a description of any other filed papers, such as an accounting], and all affidavits submitted in support of this application, all of which shall be certified thereon by plaintiff&#x26;#x2019;s attorney to be true copies, shall be served upon the parties in interest listed in paragraph __ of the complaint, by certified mail, return receipt requested (or by registered mail, return receipt requested with respect to any party in interest who resides outside the United States) [, and by regular mail] [or alternatively: shall be personally served upon the parties in interest listed in paragraph __ of the complaint] within __ days of the date hereof, in accordance with R. 4:67-3, R. 4:4-3 and R. 4:4-4, this order to show cause being original process. 9. The plaintiff shall file with the Surrogate of _________ County a proof of service of the documents required by paragraph 8 above to be served on the parties in interest no later than _____ (__) days before the date this matter is scheduled to be heard. 10. The Court will entertain argument, but not testimony, on the return date of the order to show cause, unless the court and parties are advised to the contrary no later than _____ days before the return date. 11. [In many proceedings in the probate part, an interested party will be a minor or incapacitated, which will require that a guardian ad litem be appointed, and/or an attorney be appointed as counsel to represent the minor or incapacitated person. See generally R.4:26-2. In such matters, it may be appropriate to add an additional paragraph or paragraphs to this order to show cause to appoint, or provide for the procedure to appoint, such counsel or guardian ad litem.] J.S.C.