The Pennsylvania small estate affidavit is for use when a decedent has died with $50,000 or less value in assets. It can only be used 60 days after a decedent has passed away and it may only be used by the first successor, whether it be a spouse, or a child, if there is not spouse, or a parent. This provides a expeditious method of gathering assets in a small estate without having to go through the complications of a formal probate administration.
Insurance Small Estate – Only for proceeds from insurance on the decedent.
Maximum – $50,000
Vehicle (Form MV-53) – Only for the transferring of a vehicle in the decedent’s name to someone else.
How to Write
Step 1 – Write in the name and county in which you are signing the document.
Step 2 – Write in your name.
Step 3 – Write in the name of the decedent, the date of death and the county in which decedent was a resident.
Step 4 – In Section 6, write in the heirs of decedent, their ages and the relationship to decedent.
Step 5 – Sign and date in front of a notary.