North Dakota Probate Form

Demand For Notice Instructions

Everything you need to know about North Dakota Form Demand For Notice Instructions, 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 Demand For Notice Instructions

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.

Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Demand For Notice Instructions:

  • This form pertains to the State of North Dakota

  • The current version of this form was last revised on January 1, 1970

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 Demand For Notice Instructions up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Demand For Notice Instructions

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 Demand For Notice Instructions, 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 Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions 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 this form 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 Demand For Notice Instructions, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions 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.

Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions 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 Demand For Notice Instructions

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 Demand For Notice Instructions

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on North Dakota Form Demand For Notice Instructions. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

NDLSHC Research Guide Page 1 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 Demand for Notice Research Guide A Legal Research G uide for North Dakota Health Care Directives The North Dakota Legal Self Help Center provides resources to people who represent themselves in civil matters in the North Dakota state courts. The information provided in this research guide isn’t a complete statement of the law. This information is intended as a starting point for your legal research into Health Care Directives. This information isn’t intended for legal advice and can’t replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed to practice law in the state of North Dakota. The self-represented individual must make all decisions about how to proceed. References to non-ND Legal Self Help Center resources are included for your convenience only. Including these references doesn’t mean the ND Legal Self Help Center endorses, warrants, or accepts responsibility for the content or uses of the resource. Use at your own risk. No Demand for Notice Forms Available The North Dakota Legal Self Help Center and the North Dakota Court System *don’t* have Demand for Notice forms or instructions. If you represent yourself, you create your own legal documents. A variety of General-Use template are available at Scroll to the “District Court Civil” section. You may find the General-Use templates of interest as a starting point for creating your own Demand for Notice. A formatting example of a Demand for Notice that was filed in a probate case is found at the end of this Research Guide. By providing this formatting, the North Dakota Legal Self Help Center doesn’t imply or state that the content of the example is legally sufficient or suitable for your individual circumstances. Use at your own risk. If you’re interested in finding a lawyer to prepare a Demand for Notice for you, go to Page 5 for all of the lawyer resources available through the North Dakota Legal Self Help Center. Limited Legal Representation allows a lawyer licensed to practice in North Dakota to agree to help you with part of a civil case, such as preparing legal documents, while you handle the rest of the case. You and the lawyer must agree in writing to Limited Legal Representation. NDLSHC Research Guide Page 2 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 What is a Demand for Notice? A Demand for Notice allows any person with a financial or property interest in a dead person’s (decedent’s) estate to be notified of any court filings or court orders related to probating the estate in a North Dakota state district court. Probate is the court-supervised process of dealing with a deceased person’s estate. Probate is the only way to have a personal representative (executor) appointed to handle the deceased person’s estate. A Demand for Notice is a legal document that must include the following information: 1. The name of the decedent. 2. The nature of the person’s financial or property interest in the decedent’s estate. 3. The person’s address, or the address of the lawyer representing the person’s financial or property interest in the decedent’s estate. Where do I file a Demand for Notice? A Demand for Notice is filed with the North Dakota state district court where the decedent’s probate case is filed, or will be filed. In North Dakota, a probate case is filed: 1. In the North Dakota county where the decedent was domiciled (resided) at the time of their death. 2. If the decedent wasn’t domiciled in North Dakota, in any North Dakota county where property of the deceased person was located at the time of their death. To find the location of a North Dakota state district courts, go to . How do I know if a probate case is filed in a North Dakota state district court? You may search publically available North Dakota state court records by the first and last name of an individual or business. You can find individual court cases and lists of the documents filed in each case by going to . • Read the information, then click Click Here to Proceed. • Select a location from the pull down menu. Select a county or the State of North Dakota. • Click the “Civil, Family & Probate Case Records”. NDLSHC Research Guide Page 3 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 • To search for a deceased individual by name: o Select “Name” o Enter at least the first three letters of the individual’s last name, followed by an asterisk (*). For example, if the last name is Smith, enter at least smi*. o Enter at least the first letter of the individual’s first name, followed by an asterisk (*). For example, if the first name is Jane, enter at least j*. o Click the Search box. • The screen will list publically accessible court cases based on your search. • To review an individual case and to see the list of documents filed, click on the case number. Case numbers are listed on the left-hand side of the page. (You can’t view the documents themselves.) To find contact information for clerks of district court, go to . Legal Research Resources North Dakota Statutes (North Dakota statutes are in the North Dakota Century Code (NDCC). The North Dakota Century Code contains the laws enacted by the North Dakota Legislature. The NDCC is available at .) North Dakota Century Code Title 30.1 is the Uniform Probate Code and contains laws relating to probating estates. • See N.D.C.C. Section 30.1-13-04 for demands for notice. North Dakota Case Law (When the decision of a case is appealed from a North Dakota state district court to the North Dakota Supreme Court, the Supreme Court writes their opinion to explain how and why they interpreted the laws or rules to decide the appeal the way they did. The opinions are case law and are followed by North Dakota courts deciding later cases with similar facts and issues. Supreme Court case law is available at Case law is a useful legal research tool for interpreting what a law means. NDLSHC Research Guide Page 4 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 You may search for keywords within North Dakota Supreme Court case law. Go to and enter the keywords into the “Search query” text box. Then, click on the “Search” button. North Dakota Supreme Court opinions containing your keywords will be listed on the page. You may also use the print version of the North Dakota Century Code. Short summaries of case law are located after the text of each Section of the Century Code. To view the full text of the opinion, go to and enter the case name or case citation. Laws C onstantly C hange To determine how a law applies to your situation, review the applicable law or laws, court rules, administrative rules and rulings, and case law. If you need assistance deciding how specific laws, rules or case law apply to your situation, consult a lawyer licensed to practice in North Dakota who can agree to represent you. Only a lawyer who has agreed to represent you can give you legal advice. Legal advice includes interpreting how the laws and rules apply to your circumstances. Library Resources (Not all legal resources are available online.) ODIN is a shared library database of many North Dakota academic, public, state agency, and special libraries. Search ODIN for resources that may be available in a North Dakota library near you. ( ) If the book is available for interlibrary loan through ODIN, ask the library staff of your local North Dakota library how to request the book. Following is a selection of library resources on ODIN that may be of interest to you: Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, Shae Irving, J.D. & the editors of NOLO, NOLO 2017. Estate Planning Basics, Denis Clifford, NOLO 2017. Finding the Answer to Legal Questions, Virginia M. Tucker and Marc Lampson, Second Edition, NOLO 2018. Un iform Probate Code and Uniform Trust Code in a Nutshell, Lawrence H. Averill Jr. and Mary F. Radford, 7 th E dition, West Academic Publishing 2021. North Dakota Century Code Annotated, Lexis Nexis, Creation Date c1959 – present. North Dakota Court Rules Annotated, Lexis Nexis, Creation Date c1990 – present. NDLSHC Research Guide Page 5 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 Lawyer R esources & Limited Legal Representation You aren’t required to hire a lawyer to access the state court system. If you decide to represent yourself, you must follow all of the rules, laws and procedures that a lawyer is required to follow. Lawyer Resources For information about finding a lawyer to represent you, go to help/finding-a-lawyer. • Legal Services of North Dakota is a non-profit organization, providing free legal assistance to North Dakota residents in a variety of matters based on income. Legal Services of North Dakota can also determine whether an applicant meets the income requirements for the Volunteer Lawyers program that offers low-cost legal assistance based on income. The phone number is (800) 634-5263 and the website is • Dakota Plains Legal Services is a non-profit legal services organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals, older Americans and veterans. Dakota Plains Legal Services (DPLS) has eight offices and serves communities across South Dakota and North Dakota, including nine tribal nations. DPLS is committed to increasing access to justice with quality legal assistance. Contact information is available on the DPLS webpage of . • The State Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service to match paying clients in need of legal services with lawyers. The phone number is (866) 450-9579 and the website is . • For a list of all lawyers who are licensed to practice in North Dakota, go to the North Dakota Supreme Court website at . Limited Legal Representation Lawyers licensed to practice in North Dakota may provide Limited Legal Representation in civil cases. Limited Legal Representation (sometimes called “unbundling”) is a way that a lawyer can help you with part of your case while you do the rest of your case. You pay for the part of the case the lawyer handled. NDLSHC Research Guide Page 6 of 6 Demand for Notice/Oct 2023 Limited legal representation examples: • You may want a lawyer to give you an expert opinion about your options, or your legal rights and responsibilities; • You can consult with a lawyer to prepare or review your paperwork, but attend hearings yourself; • You can represent yourself through the whole case, and periodically consult with a lawyer who can coach you on the law, procedures and strategy; • You can do the preparation yourself and hire a lawyer just to make the court appearance for you. You and the lawyer must agree in writing to Limited Legal Representation. North Dakota Free Legal Answers This civil legal program is a partnership of the American Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. The purpose of the program is to provide free answers to specific civil legal question to low- moderate income North Dakotans who submit their questions online. Anonymous volunteer attorneys answer your question, but can’t represent you. Go to for information about the program, the online application, and, if you qualify, ask your civil legal question. Please note that this program doesn’t provide any assistance with criminal legal questions.

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