Informal Probate of an Idaho Will

Informal Probate in Idaho is governed by chapter 3 of the uniform probate code:
15-3-301.Informal probate or appointment proceedings — Application — Contents. Applications for informal probate, informal statement of intestacy where the estate is community and there is a surviving spouse, or informal appointment shall be directed to the registrar, and verified by the applicant to be accurate and complete to the best of his knowledge and belief as to the following information: (a) Every application for informal probate of a will, informal statement of intestacy where the estate is community and there is a surviving spouse, or for informal appointment of a personal representative, other than a special, ancillary or successor representative, shall contain the following: (1) A statement of the interest of the applicant; (2) The name, and date of death of the decedent, his age, and the county and state of his domicile at the time of death, and the names and addresses of the spouse, children, heirs and devisees and the ages of any who are minors so far as known or ascertainable with reasonable diligence by the applicant; (3) If the decedent was not domiciled in the state at the time of his death, a statement showing venue; (4) A statement identifying and indicating the address of any personal representative of the decedent appointed in this state or elsewhere whose appointment has not been terminated; (5) A statement indicating whether the applicant has received a demand for notice, or is aware of any demand for notice of any probate or appointment proceeding concerning the decedent that may have been filed in this state or elsewhere; (6) If the application is for an informal statement of intestacy of a community estate where there is a surviving spouse, an affidavit of the surviving spouse or someone acting on behalf of the surviving spouse that there is no will, that the decedent’s estate consists solely of community property of the decedent and surviving spouse, that he or she is the surviving spouse, and a request for a statement that there is no will, that all assets are community and that the surviving spouse is the sole heir; (7) That the time limit for informal probate or appointment as provided in this article has not expired either because three (3) years or less have passed since the decedent’s death, or, if more than three (3) years from death have passed, that circumstances as described by section 15-3-108 of this code authorizing tardy probate appointment have occurred. (b) An application for informal probate of a will shall state the following in addition to the statements required by subsection (a) of this section: (1) That the original of the decedent’s last will is in the possession of the court, or accompanies the application, or that a certified copy of a will probated in another jurisdiction accompanies the application; (2) That the applicant, to the best of his knowledge, believes the will to have been validly executed; (3) That after the exercise of reasonable diligence, the applicant is unaware of any instrument revoking the will, and that the applicant believes that the instrument which is the subject of the application is the decedent’s last will. (c) An application for informal appointment of a personal representative to administer an estate under a will shall describe the will by date of execution and state the time and place of probate or the pending application or petition for probate. The application for appointment shall adopt the statements in the application or petition for probate and state the name, address and priority for appointment of the person whose appointment is sought. (d) An application for informal appointment of an administrator in intestacy shall state in addition to the statements required by subsection (a) of this section: (1) That after the exercise of reasonable diligence, the applicant is unaware of any unrevoked testamentary instrument relating to property having a situs in this state under section 15-1-301 of this code, or, a statement why any such instrument of which he may be aware is not being probated; (2) The priority of the person whose appointment is sought and the names of any other persons having a prior or equal right to the appointment under section 15-3-203 of this code. (e) An application for appointment of a personal representative to succeed a personal representative appointed under a different testacy status shall refer to the order in the most recent testacy proceeding, state the name and address of the person whose appointment is sought and of the person whose appointment will be terminated if the application is granted, and describe the priority of the applicant. (f) An application for appointment of a personal representative to succeed a personal representative who has tendered a resignation as provided in subsection (c) of section 15-3-610 of this code, or whose appointment has been terminated by death or removal, shall adopt the statements in the application or petition which led to the appointment of the person being succeeded except as specifically changed or corrected, state the name and address of the person who seeks appointment as successor, and describe the priority of the applicant. (g) By verifying an application for informal probate, or informal appointment, the applicant submits personally to the jurisdiction of the court in any proceeding for relief from fraud relating to the application, or for perjury, that may be instituted against him. (h) Any statement entered upon an application for informal statement of intestacy where the estate is community and there is a surviving spouse shall contain a statement of heirship setting out the heirs of the decedent and shall have the same effect as entry of a statement of informal probate of a will and be subject to the limitation periods set out in section 15-3-108, Idaho Code, notwithstanding the exception provided in that section for determining heirs of an intestate.

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