Inheriting assets does not always require complicated legal procedures. In Utah, anyone willing to acquire a deceased person’s probate estate (fewer liens and encumbrances) uses the Small Estate Affidavit Form (also named Affidavit for Collecting Personal Property in a Small Estate Proceeding). This is possible if the said estate is not worth more than 100,000 US dollars.
Compared to probate, dealing with the affidavit is much simpler, faster, and less expensive for the grantees. Remember that the affiant has no right to collect real property using this type of document.
An affiant has to comply with the following terms to use the small estate affidavit:
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The document has to be completed under oath and becomes valid after getting authenticated by a legal professional. If you are not sure about the process of submission, to seek legal assistance. Once you have prepared the Affidavit, present it, along with the Certificate of Death, to an individual with access to the asset.
The creation of the Utah Small Estate Affidavit Form is regulated by the UT Code Paragraph 75-3-1201 (2019).
According to this section, any individual owing to the person who passed away is obliged to pay the debt or deliver the tangible personal property to the person, claiming to be the successor, after 30 calendar days since the decedent’s death. The Affidavit will further be required when registering the ownership in the successor’s name. A transfer agent of any security needs to change records on an organization’s books from the decedent to the heir. If the grantee has obtained motor vehicles, such as boats, cars, trailers, or semi-trailers (not more than four), they should be retitled in the heir’s name as well.
The heir who is about to acquire the property has to be entitled to do so. Ensure that no application or request for designating a specific agent has been granted in any jurisdiction.
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Input the Decedent’s Personal Information
Begin completing the document by entering the full name of the person who passed away. Write down the date (month, day, and year) of death as well.
Indicate Your Status
You can either claim to be an affiant entitled to payment or delivery of the property or the duly authorized attorney of the decedent’s successor (in this case, provide the name of the person you are representing).
Provide Information about Indebtedness
The grantee is supposed to receive the personal property possessed by the decedent and any indebtedness, tangible personal property, or any other instruments evincing debt belonging to the deceased individual. If you are aware of any of the things mentioned above, provide details about them in Section Eight of the form.
Sign the Affidavit
Write down the date of the document becoming effective, affix your signature, and type or print your full name. Doing this, you confirm to have completed the form voluntarily and have not deliberately given any false or misleading data.
Authenticate the Paper
A licensed notary has to verify the information submitted, check the successor’s identity, date and sign the document, provide their full name in print (or type it), and affix the seal.