Can I Ask The Court To Re-Open A Deceased Relative’S Estate?

Yes. But the next question is what purpose re-opening the estate serves? Usually an estate is re-opened if it is discovered that some property was not properly transferred, or some other business to wind up the decedent’s affairs was neglected.

The court would need to appoint or re-appoint a personal representative. And reasons should be given to the court—in a petition—for why the estate should be re-opened. Whether the estate will be re-opened will have to be decided by a court.

Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

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