SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

Instructions for Full Administration of an Estate

Full Administration of an Estate is necessary when:

  • There is a surviving spouse of the deceased person and the total value of the deceased person’s assets is greater than $100,000.
  • There is no surviving spouse and the total value of the deceased person’s assets is greater than $35,000.
  • A Wrongful Death/Litigation Action is filed at the Court.

 

What I need when Filing:

  • The original Will if the deceased person had one.
  • Type or clearly print all forms.
  • All signatures must be original (no copies).
  • A Copy of the Death Certificate.
  • An applicant must comply with Local Rule 60.1

 

Process for becoming a fiduciary, Pro Se:

When applying to administer an estate without an attorney, or Pro Se, the applicant must attend a hearing which will take place within 4-6 weeks from the time of filing.  The applicant will be notified by mail of the hearing date.  At the hearing, a magistrate will review the applicant’s request to become fiduciary.  Upon approval of the application, the magistrate will inform the applicant of the rules, rights, and responsibilities of the fiduciary and letters of authority will be issued accordingly.

 

These forms must be filed to open an estate with a Will:

  • Form 2.0 – Application to Probate Will/Entry Admitting Will to Probate
  • Form 1.0 – Surviving Spouse, Next of Kin, Legatees and Devisees
  • Form 2.1 – Waiver of Notice of Probate of Will
  • Form 4.0 – Application for Authority to Administer Estate
  • Form 4.3 – Waiver of Right to Administer
  • Form 4.4 – Notice Of Hearing On Appointment Of Fiduciary
  • Form ES.1 – Order Dispensing With Appraisal
  • Form 3.0 – Appointment of Appraiser
  • Form ES.2 – Judgment Order / Wrongful Death
  • Form ES.3 – Judgment Order / Litigation
  • Form 4.2 – Fiduciary’s Bond
  • Form ES.21 – Non-Public Record Information
  • Form 2.4 – Certificate Of Service Of Notice Of Probate Of Will
  • Form 8.6 – Waiver Of Service To Surviving Spouse Of The Citation To Elect

 

These forms must be filed to open an estate without a Will:

  • Form 4.0 – Application for Authority to Administer Estate
  • Form 1.0 – Surviving Spouse, Next of Kin, Legatees and Devisees
  • Form 4.3 – Waiver of Right to Administer
  • Form 4.4 – Notice Of Hearing On Appointment Of Fiduciary
  • Form ES.1 – Order Dispensing With Appraisal
  • Form 3.0 – Appointment of Appraiser
  • Form ES.2 – Judgment Order / Wrongful Death
  • Form ES.3 – Judgment Order / Litigation
  • Form 4.2 – Fiduciary’s Bond
  • Form ES.21 – Non-Public Record Information

 

Filing Fee:

  • Filing fee is $265.00.
  • If you use a credit card, a 3% charge will be added.