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Other Names: Letter to Heirs Notice to Beneficiaries
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What is a Notice to Heirs?

As the administrator of an estate, it's crucial to take the right legal steps. A Notice to Heirs document enables you to officially notify those family members, and others mentioned in the Will, that they may be potential heirs to the estate. It alerts them to an informal probate. Our Notice to Heirs form makes it easy. 
A Notice to Heirs document is typically sent by the administrator. The form must be delivered in person with an Acceptance of Service form (which is signed by the heir upon receipt), or mailed by certified mail with an Affidavit of Service, to prove that the Notice to Heirs has been mailed to the heir's legal address. Laws vary depending on where you live; for specific guidance on who to send the notice to, and when, consult with an estate planning attorney. Time can be critical, as the Notice to Heirs must typically be sent within a set number of days after the administrator has been appointed.

When to use a Notice to Heirs:

  • You are the administrator of an estate and you would like to send notice to all the heirs of the estate.

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In the Matter of the Estate of Case Number    



Notice to Heirs



The State of


Probate Court of County


To the heirs and devisees of the above named Estate:


This is formal Notice that , the decedent, died on and you have or may have an interest in s estate.


whose address is , , has been appointed as the administrator of the Estate.


All documents, pleading and information relating to the Estate are on file in the County Courthouse under case number .


The last day to file claims against the Estate is .


The assets of the Estate of will be disbursed days following the date of this Notice.


All recipients of this Notice hereby informed that each is entitled to information regarding the administration of the decedents estate.


In the event, any heir or devisee has question or issue relating to this Estate including the distribution of assets, payments of expenses or other administration matters, the heir or devisee may petition the Court in County.


Executed by the administrator of the Estate of on .




, Administrator of the Estate


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