District of Columbia

DC Small Estates
Abbreviated Probate

§ 20-311. Nature of proceeding.

(a) An abbreviated probate proceeding is a proceeding for the probate of a will or a determination of a decedent's intestacy and for the appointment of a personal representative. 

This proceeding is instituted when an interested person files a petition for an abbreviated probate proceeding with the Court in accordance with the provisions of section 20-304. 

This proceeding may be conducted without the prior notice required for standard probate under section 20-323. 

(b) The finality of abbreviated probate shall be governed by section 20-331.