Kentucky Small Estate Affidavit | Affidavit of Heirship
If a person living in Kentucky dies without a will, the family or other successors may file either an affidavit of heirship to collect the personal property of the decedent, or a small estate affidavit to collect the decedent’s real estate. Kentucky defines a “small estate” as real estate or personal property – such as bank accounts – valued less than $15,000. If the family wishes to avoid probate court, they can file either affidavit within 2 years of the decedent’s passing and divide the property as they see fit.
Affidavit of Heirship: Successors may file for their deceased loved one’s personal property in Kentucky by submitting a completed affidavit of heirship. This includes bank accounts, vehicles, retirement accounts, heirlooms, and other personal property.
Small Estate Affidavit: If a Kentucky resident passes away, successors of the decedent may file a small estate affidavit to claim the decedent’s real estate property, as long as the property values at $20,000 or less.