Northwest Territories Probate Form Form 56

Application To Pass Accounts Informally

Everything you need to know about Northwest Territories Form Form 56, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NT probate forms.

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About Application To Pass Accounts Informally

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 To Pass Accounts Informally is a commonly used form within Northwest Territories. 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 To Pass Accounts Informally

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Application To Pass Accounts Informally:

  • This form pertains to the State of Northwest Territories

  • The relevant probate statute or Northwest Territories laws related to this form include: Paragraph 97(1)(a)

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 Northwest Territories’s Form Form 56 - Application To Pass Accounts Informally up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Form 56

Step 1 - Download the correct Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories 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 56, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NT 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 56 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 56 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 To Pass Accounts Informally 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 To Pass Accounts Informally 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 Northwest Territories.

5 reasons you should submit Form 56 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories. 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 Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form Form 56, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form Form 56 Online

Application To Pass Accounts Informally is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form Form 56 - Application To Pass Accounts Informally 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 Northwest Territories probate court office.

Application To Pass Accounts Informally 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 Northwest Territories-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 56 - Application To Pass Accounts Informally is a probate form in Northwest Territories.

  • Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about Application To Pass Accounts Informally

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 Form 56

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Northwest Territories Form Form 56 - Application To Pass Accounts Informally. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

Form 56(Paragraph 97(1)(a)) APPLICATION TO PASS ACCOUNTS INFORMALLY IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES IN THE MATTER of the Estate of ___________________________ , late of __________________________ , in the Northwest Territories, deceased. APPLICATION TO PASS ACCOUNTS INFORMALLY TAKE NOTICE that an application will be made to the presiding judge in Chambers at in , Northwest Territories, on day,, ( Address or name of building)(Community) 20 , at a.m. (or p.m). or so soon after that time as counsel may be heard on behalf of ______________________ for an order that . ( state the relief sought, the rule or enactment relied on and the grounds for the relief) AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that in support of this application will be read . ( set out all affidavits and materials to be used) DATED at , Northwest Territories, on , 20 . ( Community) (Signature of solicitor or party) TO: ( Insert name and address of person to be served) Ensure a draft Form 4 - Order is attached. PARTIES ( Names and relationships to estate.) Applicant(s)________________________________________________ Respondent(s)________________________________________________ Beneficiaries (residuary)________________________________________________ Life tenants________________________________________________ Beneficiaries (non residuary)________________________________________________ Beneficiaries (intestacy)________________________________________________ Trustees for represented adults________________________________________________ Attorney(s) for incompetent adults________________________________________________ Minors________________________________________________ Missing persons________________________________________________ Unpaid claimants________________________________________________ Bonding companies______________________________________________ APPLICATION 1. The applicant(s) request an order This following list is a guide only to possible requests; you must tailor your application according to circumstances of your case: (a)deeming service of all documents on all parties sufficient; (b)dispensing with a formal passing of accounts for the period to ; (c)determining that the personal representative(s) have fully and satisfactorily accounted to a date to be stated in the order; (d)setting the fair and reasonable compensation for the personal representative(s) for the accounting period; (e)directing distribution of the estate; (f)discharging the personal representative(s); (g)allowing and directing payment of costs (including disbursements and Goods and Services Tax) of this application to be paid from the residue of the estate; (h)cancelling the bond; (i)providing for any other matters which might be required . 2. Filed with this application are the following: (a) Form 57 - Affidavit In Support of Application to Pass Accounts Formally; (b) Financial statements; (c) Form 55 - Signed releases. Cost Proposal Modify as appropriate. 3. (1) Personal representative(s) costs to be paid from the residue of the estate on a lawyer/client basis. (2) Respondent(s) costs to be paid as ordered by the Court. Applicant(s) or Lawyer(s) for the Applicant(s) (Applicant's signature) (Print name below ) (Date) Please read the enclosed documents carefully so that you can understand what the application is about. DETAILS 1. The personal representatives named in the deceased’s will, dated , have applied to . 2. If you consent to or do not oppose the application, you may (a) tick the last box on the notice of objection, then sign and return the notice of objection to the trustee(s); (b) do nothing further; or (c) attend at the hearing and indicate your position to the Court. 3. If you oppose any part of the application, you must (a) complete and file the enclosed notice of objection with the court described above five days or more before the hearing, that is by ; and (Fill in date which is the last date for filing the notice to objection. Count five days earlier than the hearing date. ) (b) serve a filed copy of the notice of objection on the applicant(s) (their address for service is on the backer); and (c) come to the hearing and tell the judge what part of the accounting you object to and why. 4. If you oppose any part of this application but you do not file and serve your notice of objection (a)you will not be allowed to take part in the proceedings unless the judge specifically agrees to let you; and (b) the hearing will still take place even if you are not allowed to take part in the proceedings; and you will be bound by the judge’s order. 5. In any event, the judge will make an order and a copy of the order will be sent to you later. Please read the enclosed documents carefully so that you may understand what this application is about.

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