Maine Affidavit of Heirship

Maine’s affidavit of heirship laws are governed under statute 18-A M.R.S.A. § 3-1201. If a decedent’s personal property, including bank accounts, vehicles, heirlooms, and other personal property, values at $20,000 or less, then successors may file an affidavit of heirship to collect that personal property. This helps grieving families avoid the time-consuming pain and expense of probate court.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – Fill-in the following blanks respectively:

  • Identify all heirs of the estate
  • Your legal name and address
  • List your relationship with the decedent
  • Timeline of relationship
  • Name of any/all spouses including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all children including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all grandchildren including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all parents including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all brothers & sisters including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)
  • Name of any/all nieces & nephews including date(s) or marriage, divorce, and death (if any)

Step 3 – Obtain a notarized copy of the death certificate, and sign the document with a notary public.