According to Maine’s statute Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit.18-A, §§ 3-1201, 1202, small estate affidavits may be filed by successors if a decedent’s estate is valued at $40,000 or less. Successors must wait at least 30 days after their loved one passes away before filing the small estate affidavit to collect real estate and distribute or sell it as they see fit. The real estate value may not exceed $40,000 including liens, encumbrances, the homestead and family allowance, reasonable funeral expenses, and other taxes and values.
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 – Obtain a notarized copy of the death certificate, and file the form with the proper clerk or courthouse.