How to Find Out If an Estate Has Been Settled

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Gather the required information. In order to request estate records, you should have some basic information. Record the decedent's and executor's names, the location of death (state, county and city) and the date of death.

Call the probate court. Each state or county may differ in how they run their court system. For example, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Probate Division handles estates. In New York, it's the New York Surrogate Court. Contact the court in your county or parish that holds jurisdiction over matters of estate.

Ask the clerk of the court for information on researching probate cases. If necessary, request a download link, or fax or mail a request for a records search form. You may need to pay a fee, depending on the age of the case.

Complete the form and send the information to the appropriate address or person. Alternatively, you can visit the court and request the records search. Some states offer online tools that allow you to research estate settlement.

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