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Affidavit of Heirship


An affidavit of heirship is a legal document that establishes who inherits property from someone who died without a will (intestate). It's used in some states to transfer ownership of the deceased person's property to their heirs.

Here's a breakdown of some key points:

  • Purpose:  Affidavits of heirship are used to avoid probate court, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

  • Not universally accepted: Not all states allow them to transfer ownership of property.

  • Alternative to probate:  In some states, affidavits of heirship are one piece of evidence used in probate court to determine heirs.

  • Small estate alternative: Many states have a simplified probate process for small estates, which might be an alternative to using an affidavit of heirship.

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