UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
PROBATE OF WILLS AND ADMINISTRATION
FORMAL TESTACY AND APPOINTMENT PROCEEDINGS
15-3-402. Formal testacy or appointment proceedings — Petition — Contents. (a) Petitions for formal probate of a will, or for adjudication of intestacy with or without request for appointment of a personal representative, must be directed to the court, request a judicial order after notice and hearing and contain further statements as indicated in this section. A petition for formal probate of a will:
(1) requests an order as to the testacy of the decedent in relation to a particular instrument which may or may not have been informally probated and determining the heirs;
(2) contains the statements required for informal applications as stated in subsection (a)(1) through (5) of section 15-3-301 of this code, the statements required by subsection (b)(1) and (2) of section 15-3-301 of this code; and
(3) states whether the original of the last will of the decedent is in the possession of the court or accompanies the petition.
(b) If the original will is neither in the possession of the court nor accompanies the petition and no authenticated copy of a will probated in another jurisdiction accompanies the petition, the petition also must state the contents of the will, and indicate that it is lost, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable.
(c) A petition for adjudication of intestacy and appointment of an administrator in intestacy must request a judicial finding and order that the decedent left no will and determining the heirs, contain the statements required by subsection[s] (a) and (d) of section 15-3-301 of this code and indicate whether supervised administration is sought. A petition may request an order determining intestacy and heirs without requesting the appointment of an administrator, in which case, the statements required by subsection (d)(2) of section 15-3-301 of this code may be omitted.
[I.C., sec. 15-3-402, as added by 1971, ch. 111, sec. 1, p. 233.]