Informal probate is a simplified type of Probate that is designed to make the process easier, faster, and cheaper.
This more "informal" approach is typically used when a deceased person's Estate is relatively small and uncomplicated.
Unlike formal probate, which involves court hearings and extensive paperwork, informal probate is typically handled through written correspondence between the executor and Probate Court.
Not only can this help make the process faster, but possibly less expensive than traditional probate.
The sixteen states to have adopted informal probate laws are Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.
Also known as Uniform Probate Code (UPC).