Formal probate of an estate is a required court process when the validity of a will needs to be determined. Formal probate may also be required when more than 3 years have passed since the date of death.
If less than 3 years have passed from the date of death and the validity of the will is not disputed, the informal probate court process may be used.
Forms are not available for formal probate proceedings.
Selected Statutes (Laws) & Rules
- North Dakota Century Code Title 30.1: Uniform Probate Code
- North Dakota Century Code Chapter 30.1-15: Formal Testacy and Appointment Proceedings
- North Dakota Rules of Civil Procedure
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