Informal Probate

North Dakota has adopted the Uniform Probate Code, which allows a person to informally probate a Will and have a personal representative appointed without the necessity of a court appearance or a court hearing, as long as the proper forms are filed and the correct procedures followed.

The informal probate process also allows a person to informally probate an estate when the individual passed away without a will.

This is called intestate succession and the heirs of the deceased individual are determined by North Dakota law.
In general, informal probate may be used when less than 3 years have passed from the date of death and the validity of the will is not disputed.