A heirship form is one used when a person has passed away and all rightful heirs have to be legally recorded. The California Proof of Death and Heirship form is used as a proof of death of the decedent as well as an affidavit that lists all the rightful heirs of the decedent and his/her estate left behind.
The affiant must be disinterested in the decedent’s estate and the form is restricted to use within the state of California only.
Steps to fill the Heirship Form:
- Enter the State (California) and name of County in which the decedent resided.
- Enter the full legal name of the affiant. He/she acknowledges that all the details in the affidavit are true and correct.
- Enter the name and date of death of the decedent.
- Mention if the decedent was married or single. If married once or more, details of spouse(s) must be entered in the lines provided.
- If the decedent had any biological children, details of all the children must be entered in the lines provided.
- If the decedent had any adopted children, details of all the children must be entered in the next section. If any of the adopted or biological children have died, this should also be mentioned.
- If there are no living children or grandchildren, details of the parents and siblings of the decedent must be mentioned. Again, if they have died, the dates of deaths must be entered.
- Select the type of property of the decedent. Tick boxes from ‘Community, Separate, Life Estate or Not Applicable’.
The affidavit must then be signed by the affiant and the document must be notarized by a Notary Public of the State of California in order for it to be complete. The date of notarization, place of residence of notary and commission expiry date must all be mentioned.