Pursuant to the Rules of Court, the personal representative of an estate is required to mail, within sixty (60) days of the probate of a will, notice in writing that the will has been probated. The “notice of probate” must be sent to the decedent’s spouse, heirs, next of kin, other persons (if any) entitled to letters, and all beneficiaries under the will. Such notice must also contain additional information including, but not limited to, the place and date of probate and the name and address of the personal representative. Within ten (10) days of mailing, proper proof of same must be filed with the Surrogate.
If the name or address of anyone entitled to notice of probate is not known, or cannot by reasonable inquiry be determined, then it may be necessary to publish the notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county naming or identifying those persons as having a possible interest in the probate estate. Additionally, in the event that any property in the will is devoted to a present or future charitable use or purpose, like notice must be mailed to the Office of the Attorney General. In this instance, the Attorney General is entitled to a copy of the will with the notice, and it may be necessary to continually involve the Office of the Attorney General in the administration of the estate.
Although failure to provide the necessary notice of probate will ordinarily not render the probate judgment void, failure to provide the required notice could be of significant consequence, especially in the event of a will contest.
Because estate administration, estate litigation, and Will contests require particular knowledge, you may wish to consult with an experienced attorney if you have questions regarding a loved one’s or your own Last Will and Testament, your or your loved one’s Power of Attorney, suspicions of undue influence, the probate process, administration of an estate or trust, fiduciary obligations, preparation of a formal or informal accounting, refunding bonds and releases, and the procedures for removing an executor or administrator from office. This article is for information purposes only, and is neither legal advice nor the creation of an attorney client relationship.
Justin M. Smigelsky, Esq. / Timothy J. Little, P.C. – 2017 – All Rights Reserved
Probate / Estate Practice Areas: Will contests and disputes, caveats, the elective share, undue influence claims, Power of Attorney abuse and inter vivos gift disputes, drafting of Wills and Trusts, appointment and removal of fiduciaries, probate procedures, intestacy, fiduciary duties and obligations, fiduciary accountings and exceptions, fiduciary compensation, marshaling of assets, actions to compel an inventory, actions to remove a fiduciary, insolvency petitions, ejectment and eviction from estate or trust property, Refunding Bonds and Releases, New Jersey Transfer Inheritance Tax (IT-R), New Jersey Estate Tax (IT-Estate)
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