State-by-State Probate Laws

Probate laws vary from state to state. When creating a will, it may be helpful to have a basic understanding of your state’s laws to make sure that your will abides by those laws and will be quickly and easily probated. As many of these laws are very complex, it may be helpful to speak to a trust and estate attorney in your state who can answer any general or specific questions you might have.

Alabama

Title 43, Chapter 2: Administration of Estates
• Title 43, Chapter 8: Probate Code

Al​aska

• Title 13: Decedents’ Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, and Trusts
• Title 13, Chapter 16: Probate of Wills and Administration

Ari​zona

• Title 14: Trusts, Estates and Protective Proceedings
• Title 14, Chapter 3: Probate of Wills and Administration

Arka​nsas

Title 28: Wills, Estates, and Fiduciary Relationships

California

• California Probate Code

Colorado

(Choose “Colorado Revised Statutes” from left navigation bar)
Title 15: Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries
• Title 15, Articles 10-16: Colorado Probate Code

Connecticut

Title 45a: Probate Courts and Procedure

Delaware

Title 12: Decedents’ Estates and Fiduciary Relations

Florida

Title XLII: Estates and Trusts

Georgia

Title 53: Wills, Trusts, and Administration of Estates
• Title 53, Chapter 5: Probate

Hawaii

Title 30A: Uniform Probate Code

Idaho

Title 15: Uniform Probate Code

Illinois

Chapter 755: Estates
• Chapter 755, ILCS 5: Probate Act of 1975
• Chapter 760: Trusts and Fiduciaries

Indiana

Title 29: Probate
• Title 30: Trusts and Fiduciaries

Iowa

Title XV, Chapter 633: Probate Code

Kansas

Chapter 59: Probate Code

Kentucky

Title XXIV, Chapter 394: Wills
• Title XXIV, Chapter 395: Personal Representatives

Louisiana

CC 1575: Olographic testament
• CCP 2883: Olographic testament
• CCP 2851: Petition for probate
• CCP 2852: Documents submitted with petition for probate

Maine

• Title 18: Decedents’ Estates and Fiduciary Relations
• Title 18-A: Probate Code

Maryland

• Estates and Trusts, Titles 1-16

Massachusetts

• MGL, Part II, Title II: Descent and Distribution, Wills, Estates of Deceased Persons and Absentees, Guardianship, Conservatorship and Trusts

Michigan

• Chapters 701-713: Probate Code

Minnesota

• Chapter 524: Uniform Probate Code

Mississippi

• Title 91: Trusts and Estates

Missouri

• Title XXXI, Chapters 456-475: Trusts and Estates of Decedents and Persons Under Disability

Montana

• Title 72: Estates, Trusts, and Fiduciary Relationships

Nebraska

• Chapter 30: Decedents’ Estates; Protection of Persons and Property

Nevada

• Title 12: Wills and Estates of Deceased Persons

New Hampshire

• Title LVI: Probate Courts and Decedents’ Estates

New Jersey

• Title 3A: Administration of Estates—Decedents and Others
• Title 3B: Administration of Estates—Decedents and Others

New Mexico

• Chapter 45: Uniform Probate Code

New York

• Estates, Powers, and Trusts
• Surrogate's Court Procedure Act

North Carolina

• Chapter 47: Probate and Registration

North Dakota

• Title 30.1: Uniform Probate Code

Ohio

• Title 21: Courts—Probate—Juvenile

Oklahoma

• Title 58: Probate Procedure
• Title 60: Property
• Title 84: Wills and Succession

Oregon

• Title 12, Chapters 111-118

Pennsylvania

• Title 20: Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries

Rhode Island

• Title 33: Probate Practice and Procedure

South Carolina

• Title 62: Probate Code

South Dakota

• Title 29A: Uniform Probate Code

Tennessee

• Title 32, Chapter 2

Texas

• Texas Probate Code

Utah

• Title 75: Uniform Probate Code

Vermont

• Title 14, Chapter 3: Probate and Procedure for Construction of Wills

Virginia

• Title 64.2: Wills, Trusts, and Fiduciaries

Washington

• Title 11: Probate and Trust Law

Washington, D.C.

• Division III, Title 18: Wills
• Division III, Title 19: Descent, Distribution, and Trusts
• Division III, Title 20: Probate and Administration of Decedents’ Estates

West Virginia

• Chapter 44: Administration of Estates and Trusts

Wisconsin

• Chapters 851-882

Wyoming

• Title 2: Wills, Decedents’ Estates and Probate Code