A Small Estates Affidavit contains certain declarations under oath about:
1. The death of the resident
2. The legal heirs
3. The value of the estate
4. Other items required by the probate code section that authorizes its use
However, if an heir has been appointed as a representative of the estate by the court, he or she will receive a document, issued by the court, described above as “Letters of Administration”. That document will, among other things, contain the signature of a judge and a stamp from the court showing it has been issued and filed. Most importantly, it will identify the individual(s) who have been given the authority by the court to act on behalf of the estate, and the powers granted to that individual.
Then, and only then, can you rest assured that you are now dealing with the proper person(s) who have the authority to act on behalf of the estate.
For more information, contact Mobilehome Park Attorney Tamara Cross today.