Hawaii Small Estate Affidavit | Affidavit of Heirship
In Hawaii, successors to a deceased person’s estate may file affidavits of heirship or small estate if the deceased owned personal or real property valued less than $100,000. Hawaii’s affidavit system is more generous than many other states, although the cap does not apply to real estate. If a loved one living in Hawaii dies without a will or trust, then successors can file a small estate affidavit or an affidavit of heirship for their loved one’s Hawaiian property.
Affidavit of Heirship: If a person dies in Hawaii and has no will or trust, their loved ones – whether direct family or other successors – may apply for an affidavit of heirship to transfer real or personal property, like bank accounts, into the successors’ name(s). The property must value $100,000 or less.
Small Estate Affidavit: A “small estate” in Hawaii is any owned real estate worth $100,000 pr less. Small estate affidavits allow successors to claim real estate when a decedent leaves no will and testament.