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Formal probate matters are typically heard by a judge and may involve one or more hearings before the court. A formal probate proceeding requires both written notice and publication notice before the allowance of the formal petition. There are different forms you'll need to file depending on whether or not the decedent died with a will.
If the decedent died with a will, you should file:
You may also need to file:
If the decedent died without a will, you should file:
Once you have the required forms, you should file them at the correct Probate and Family Court.
After you file a formal petition with proper payment, the Registry of Probate will issue formal notice to the petitioner. The formal notice is called a citation. You'll need to serve a copy of the citation on all interested persons as stated in the Order of Notice and publish a copy in the newspaper listed in the Order of Notice.