North Dakota Probate Form Form 17

Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy

Everything you need to know about North Dakota Form Form 17, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related ND probate forms.

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About Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy

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 Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy is a commonly used form within North Dakota. 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 Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy:

  • This form pertains to the State of North Dakota

  • The current version of this form was last revised on September 4, 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 North Dakota’s Form Form 17 - Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Form 17

Step 1 - Download the correct North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 Form 17, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in ND 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 Form 17 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 Form 17 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 Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy 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 Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy 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 North Dakota.

5 reasons you should submit Form 17 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster North Dakota 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 North Dakota. 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form Form 17, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form Form 17 Online

Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form Form 17 - Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy 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 North Dakota probate court office.

Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy 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 North Dakota-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 Form 17 - Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy is a probate form in North Dakota.

  • North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy

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 Form 17

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on North Dakota Form Form 17 - Application For Informal Appointment Of Pr In Intestacy. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

(4/25/2022) (Page 1 of 2) (Form 17 Instructions) INSTRUCTIONS FOR FORM 17: APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN INTESTACY ( 30.1-14-01) You may use the Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative in Intestacy (Form 17) if the estate meets the following requirements: • The deceased person DIDN’T leave a will; • You’re on the priority list of people who can be appointed personal representative of the estate (see Page 5 of this guidebook for priority of appointment); • There are no known disputes regarding your appointment as personal representative; • Less than 3 years have passed since the deceased person’s date of death; • All people above and equal to you on the priority list must sign a Waiver of Appointment (see Waiver of Appointment ( Form 9) and Page 5 of this guidebook). VENUE: You must determine the North Dakota county where you’ll file your informal probate documents. This is called venue. Venue for the first probate proceeding after a person’s death is: 1. The North Dakota county where the deceased person was domiciled (resided) at the time of death. 2. If the deceased person wasn’t domiciled in North Dakota, any North Dakota county where property of the deceased person was located at the time of their death. THE PERSON APPLYING TO BE THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATVE FILLS OUT FORM 17  Name, Address, and Telephone No. of Attorney: Write “Not Applicable” in this section.  Probate No.: Leave blank – the Clerk of Court assigns the probate action a number upon filing.  County: Fill in the North Dakota county where you’ll file this probate action.  In the Matter of the Estate of . . . : Fill in the name of the deceased person.  Paragraph A(1 ): Fill in your name ( you’re the person applying to be appointed personal representative). ALSO, state who you are on the priority list for appointment as personal representative to the deceased person (see Page 5 of the guidebook).  Paragraph A(2): • Fill in the deceased person’s date of death and their age at the time of death. • Fill in the county and state where the deceased person was domiciled at the time of death. • Fill in the name, age, relationship, and address of the surviving spouse, children, heirs or devisees (see definition of “devisees” on Page 15 of this guidebook) of the deceased person.  Paragraph A(3): Fill in why venue is in this county (see Venue instructions above).  Paragraph A(4): If no other personal representative has been appointed after “whose letters have not been terminated”, write “not applicable”. If a personal representative has already been appointed, fill in the information.  Paragraph A(5): If you haven’t received any demands, after “except as follows”, write “not applicable”. If you’ve received any demands, fill in the name(s) of the entity (business) or person.  Paragraph A(6): This statement must be true.  Paragraph B (line 1): Review N.D.C.C. 30.1-14-01(d).  Paragraphs B(1): Review N.D.C.C. 30.1-02-01. After “is not being probated because” write “Not applicable” if there is no unrevoked will. If there is a will, explain why the will isn’t being probated. (4/25/2022) (Page 2 of 2) (Form 17 Instructions) Paragraph B(2): Fill in your priority for appointment as personal representative (see Page 5 of the guidebook). If there are no other people who have higher or equal priority, write “none”. If there are other people who have higher or equal priority, list their names. After “WHEREFORE, I request that”: Fill in your name. Signature Block: This must be signed & dated in front of a notary public or clerk of court. THE PERSON APPLYING TO BE THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATVE FILLS OUT FORM 18: STATEMENT OF INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE - INTESTACY Name, Address, and Telephone No. of Attorney: Write “Not Applicable” in this section. Probate No.: Leave blank – the Clerk of Court assigns the probate action a number upon filing. County: Fill in the North Dakota county where you’ll file this probate action. In the Matter of the Estate of . . . : Fill in the name of the deceased person. Fill in ONLY the information you know on the remainder of the form. Leave blank any information you don’t know. DON’T sign or date this form. If the court approves your Application (Form 17), the court will sign and date this form. THE PERSON APPLYING TO BE THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATVE FILLS OUT FORM 19: LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION The Letters of Administration is the document which, once signed by the judge, gives you the power to act as personal representative for the estate. Name, Address, and Telephone No. of Attorney: Write “Not Applicable” in this section. Probate No.: Leave blank – the Clerk of Court assigns the probate action a number upon filing. County: Fill in the North Dakota county where you’ll file this probate action. In the Matter of the Estate of . . . : Fill in the name of the deceased person. ONLY FILL OUT AND SIGN the second paragraph section. The rest will be filled out by the court. FI LING THE DOCUMENTS File the following documents with the court: 1.Form 17: Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative in Intestacy; 2.Form 18: Statement of Informal Appointment of a Personal Representative - Intestacy; and 3.Form 19: Letters of Administration. You may also need to file the following document(s): 1.Form 9: Waiver of Right to Appointment (for every person equal or higher in priority for appointment to you); 2.Certified Copy of Death Certificate. Pay the filing fee: At the time you file your completed informal probate forms, you’ll be required to pay a filing fee of $80.00 to the North Dakota Clerk of District Court. If paying the filing fee is a financial hardship, you may ask the court to waive the $80.00 filing fee. The Filing Fee Waiver Request – District Court/Small Claims Court form set is available at ndcourts.gov/legal-self-help/fee-waiver. The completed Filing Fee Waiver Request forms are filed at the same time as your completed informal probate forms. ND PROBATE CODE FORM 17 Page 109/04/19 APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN INTESTACY. (N.D.C.C. 30.1-14-01). Name, Address, and Telephone No. of AttorneySpace below for use of District Court only Probate No. _____________ Attorney ___________________ for:_____________________ IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF __________________________________ COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA In the Matter of the Estate of ________________________________________________________________, Deceased. APPLICATION FOR INFORMAL APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN INTESTACY I, as the applicant, provide the following information: A. (1) I am _________________________________________________________________________________________. (state name an d interest of applicant) (2) Decedent died on ___________________________,__________, at the age of ________________________ years. At the time of death, the decedent was domiciled in ____________________________________________ County, _________________________________________ (state), and is survived by the following persons who are the surviving spouse, children, heirs or devisees of decedent. NameAgeRelationshipAddress (3)Venue for this case is in this County because _____________________________________________________________________________________________. (4)No personal representative has been appointed whose letters have not been terminated, except ____________________________, whose address is __________________________________________________, was appointed personal representative on ________________________________________, _________, in _____________________________ County, ____________________________________________________(state). Page 1 of NDPC FORM 17 ND PROBATE CODE FORM 17 Page 209/04/19 (5)I have not received any demand for notice and am unaware of a demand for notice of any probate or appointment proceeding concerning the decedent that may have been filed in this state or elsewhere, except as follows: _____________________________________________________________________________________________. (6)The time limit for informal appointment has not expired. B.I further state pursuant to Section N.D.C.C. 30.1-14-01(d): (1)That after the exercise of reasonable diligence, I am unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to the property having a situs in this state under Section 30.1-02-01, except such instrument as attached hereto, or described herein, is not being probated, because _____________________________________________________________________________________________. (2)The priority of the person whose appointment is sought is ______________________________________________, and the names of any other persons having a prior or equal right to the appointment under Section 30.1-13-03 are as follows: ______________________________________________________________________________________. } } WHEREFORE, I request that ____________________________________ _____________________________ be appointed personal representative of decedent's estate and that letters of administration be issued to the appointee upon qualification and acceptance. STATE OF ___________________ ss. County of ____________________ } ___________________________________________________, the applicant above, being duly sworn, states as follows: I have read the application and believe the statements therein to be true to the best of my knowledge. ____________________________________________ Applicant Signature ____________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ Telephone Number Subscribed and sworn to before me this ______________________ day of ________________________, ___________. My Commission expires:_____________________________ ____________________________________________ Notary Public _____________________, County, ________________ Page 2 of NDPC FORM 17

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