If a person living in Arkansas dies with no will, and their house and land are valued at less than $100,000, the family may apply for a Small Estate Affidavit. This form allows the family to bypass probate court, which can take a long time, add expensive legal fees, and make public a grieving family’s private affairs. Avoiding probate court helps many families focus in the grieving process, because the affidavit does not have to be applied for right away, and because the family can divide their own property amongst themselves.
Found under state statute: 28-41-101
How to Write
Step 2 – Enter the following into the form:
- Header – Enter Superior Court (See List)
- Name of Decedent
- Date of Birth
- Case Number
- Check the three (3) boxes depending on your situation
- Date and Sign
- Verification – On the last page you will be required to verify that everything you have stated is true and accurate
Step 3 – File the form with the proper clerk or courthouse.