I Received a Waiver of Process Consent to Probate. Now What?

Jack comes home from a long day of work and receives a Waiver of Process Consent to Probate in the mail. His sister, Emma send him the form.  Emma is seeking to probate their mother’s Last Will and Testament. Emma sent Jack a letter along with the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate. The letter says that Jack either should either sign the document or go to Court.

Jack stares at the document for a few minutes. He is very confused. What is this document? Should he sign the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate? Or should he go to Court?

What is a Waiver of Process Consent to Probate?

A Waiver of Process Consent to Probate is a form that gets sent out to the distributees, or, necessary parties, to a Probate proceeding.

What is the Purpose of a Waiver of Process Consent to Probate?

The purpose of the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate is twofold.

  1. The first purpose of the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate is to help the Court acquire jurisdiction over all of the parties. By signing the form, Jack is advising the Court that he submits to the Court’s jurisdiction. Put another way, he is allowing the Court to make decisions that will affect Jack. In this case, where there is a Will, Jack is consenting to the Court reviewing the Will. Jack is advising the Court that he is consenting to the Will being admitted to Probate.
  2. The second purpose of the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate is to advise the Court that Jack is consenting to Emma being made Executor.

How do you Decide Whether to Sign the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate?

The main questions that you should ask yourself before signing the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate are:

  1. Am I objecting to the admission of the Will to probate? If the answer is yes, do not sign the form.
  2. Am I objecting to the person seeking to become the Executor/Administrator. If the answer is yes, do not sign the form.
  3. Do I want to be the Administrator (in cases where there is no Will)? If the answer is yes and if you are eligible to serve, then do not sign the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate. For more information on whether you are eligible to serve, click here.

What do you do After you sign the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate?

If Jack signs the form, then there is nothing more for him to do. He does not have to appear in Court. Note that by signing the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate, Jack has not waived his inheritance. He is simply allowing Emma to continue probating the Will.

What if you DON’T sign the Waiver of Process Consent to Probate?

If Jack does not sign the form, then the Court will need to issue a Citation. A Citation also serves two purposes. The first purpose is to acquire jurisdiction over Jack. The second purpose is for the Court to provide a date and time for Jack to appear and advise the Court of any issues that Jack has about the process.

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For more information, please contact, Probate, guardianship, and estate planning attorney Regina Kiperman:
Phone: 917-261-4514
Email: rkiperman@rklawny.com
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