Notice of Estate Administration


If you are the executor or administrator of an estate, one of the first things you will need to do is provide notice that the estate has been opened to all individuals who stand to inherit from the decedent. This list may include individuals listed in the will as well as individuals who would inherit if the decedent died without a will. Pennsylvania Orphans Court Rule 10.5 requires that a certification be filed with the court confirming the required notice was given.  The certification requires you to list the names and addresses for all persons receiving notice of the estate.

New Jersey requires similar notice. Rule 4:80-6 requires the executor or administrator of an estate to mail Notice of Probate to all beneficiaries and the next-of-kin of the decedent within 60 days of the probate of the will. Proof of mailing must then be filed with the Surrogates office. If you do not have an address, notice of probate can be published. Sanctions can be imposed for failure to timely provide the required notice. Consult with an experienced estate attorney to make sure you complete the necessary notice requirements when serving as executor or administrator.