This information is based on NMI law and is published on the NMI Judiciary website to give general public information, not legal advice. If you do not understand what information is needed to complete the probate forms or if you need specific answers about your situation, please consult with an attorney. To find an attorney, contact the CNMI Bar Association at (670) 789-4529.
The “Decedent” is the person who died.
The “Estate” includes the property of the decedent, or other person whose affairs are subject to the NMI law.
If the decedent died “testate,” the decedent died with a will.
If the decedent died “intestate,” the decedent died without a will.
An “Executor” or “Executrix” of the Estate is the person appointed by the Court who is responsible for executing the terms of the decedent’s will.
An “Administrator” or “Administratrix” of the Estate is the person appointed by the Court who is responsible for executing the Estate of the decedent who died intestate.
An “Heir” means a person who is entitled under the chapter on intestate succession (8 CMC 2901 et. Seq.) to the property of the decedent.
STEPS TO OPENING AND CLOSING A PROBATE COURT CASE