Houston, TX asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arkansas

Q: Can a heirship affidavit be used right after a death, or does a certain amount of time have to pass?

My father passed away without a will. He has two adult children and is not married. His estate is under 100,000. Is it better to use a small estate affidavit or heirship? We know that the small estate affidavit requires a 45 day wait period, but can not find anything regarding a timeframe for the heirship affidavit.

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Brandon M Haubert
Brandon M Haubert
  • Probate Lawyer
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Yes, if you the children are getting along. If the people are not getting along the affidavit can cause some problems. Also, you must read the affidavit and make sure the estate qualifies - there is more to it than the estate being less than $100,000. No, you can not use it right away - 45 days as to pass.

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