Affidavit of Heirship. In the event that someone passes away without a will, an Affidavit of Heirship can be used to insure that the deceased s heirs and next of kin gain control of his or her property. Generally, this affidavit will need to be witnessed by people who do not stand to benefit from the deceased s estate and it can be instrumental in avoiding the often costly and lengthy probate process.
Affidavit of Name Change. If you go by a name different than your birth name but have not gotten around to officially changing it through the court, use an affidavit of name change. Typically, another person (most often your spouse or a blood relative) will sign this and swear that you use a name different from your what is on your birth certificate.
These are just a few of the most commonly used affidavits. For a more complete list, you can head to our list of family and personal affidavits. And if you ca not find exactly the affidavit you need, in most cases, a general affidavit form can be used. Just make sure to consult with a lawyer
Affidavit of Small Estate. Small estates generally have an easier path through the probate process. You can use this affidavit to inform the court that the estate in question actually qualifies as a "small estate", which is usually capped around $150,000. Note that residents of New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Georgia should not use this document.