Probate Shortcuts in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire offers a probate shortcut for "small estates." This makes it easier for survivors to transfer property left by a person who has died. You may be able to transfer a large amount of property using the following probate shortcut -- saving time, money, and hassle.

Simplified Probate Procedures

New Hampshire has a simplified probate process for small estates. To use it, an executor files a written request with the local probate court asking to use the simplified procedure. The court may authorize the executor to distribute the assets without having to jump through the hoops of regular probate.

You can use the simplified small estate process in New Hampshire if there is a will naming the surviving spouse or, if there isn't one, an only child, as sole beneficiary and is appointed administrator; or if there's no will and the surviving spouse or, if no spouse, an only child is the sole heir and is appointed administrator. The administrator's filing (between six months and a year after the death) and the probate court's approval are all that are required..

For More Information

For help determining if an estate qualifies for one of these probate shortcuts, or handling an estate in general, see The Executor's Guide, by Mary Randolph (Nolo), or Estate Planning Basics, by Denis Clifford (Nolo).

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