INSTRUCTIONS: MONTANA LETTERS
This article discusses a packet made available by the Montana Courts website containing documents necessary to appoint a personal representative for an estate in the state.
Montana Letters Step 1: The first form contained in this packet is an application for informal probate and appointment of a personal representative. Where indicated at the top lefthand corner, enter the name, address and telephone number of the applicant for personal representative.
Montana Letters Step 2: On the first two blank lines, enter the number of the judicial district and the name of the county.
Montana Letters Step 3: On the next blank lines, enter the name of the deceased and the probate number.
Montana Letters Step 4: On line 1, enter the relationship of the applicant to the deceased.
Montana Letters Step 5: On line 2, enter the name of the decedent, their date of death, their age at the time, and the county in which they were domiciled.
Montana Letters Step 6: On line 3, enter the names and addresses of spouses,children, heirs and devisees, as well as the ages of those who are minors.
Montana Letters Step 7: On line 4, enter the names and addresses of personal representatives of the decedent whose appointment has not terminated.
Montana Letters Step 8: On line 5, indicate whether you have received a demand for notice or if you are aware of a demand of notice for any probate or appointment proceeding concerning the decedent.
Montana Letters Step 9: On line 7, enter the reason why the applicant is entitled to be appointed personal representative.
Montana Letters Step 10: Sign and date the form where indicated, then obtain the certification of a notary public.
Montana Letters Step 11: The next form contained is an order of informal probate and appointment of personal representative. This form will be signed, dated and completed by the deputy clerk and clerk of court.
Montana Letters Step 12: The next form contained is the letters form certifying the appointment, also completed by the deputy clerk and clerk of court.
Montana Letters Step 13: The next form contained is the personal representative's sworn statement to the court filed when they wish to close the estate following completion of informal probate proceedings. This form must also receive the certification of a notary public.