Understanding the disposal of an estate in Jersey

Who gets paid first from an estate?

Step 3: pay in priority order

The debts are paid in a specific order: Secured debts, such as mortgage repayments. Priority debts, such as Income Tax and Council Tax. Unsecured debts, including utility bills and credit cards.

Does an executor have to show accounting to beneficiaries in New Jersey?

An executor or administrator is not required to file his or her accounting in court unless a court compels him or her to do so.

How much does an estate have to be worth to go to probate in New Jersey?


If an asset is owned jointly by two or more people, probate isn’t necessary because it automatically goes to the surviving owner. If an estate is valued at less than $20,000, it may go through a simplified probate process.

What can an executor do before probate is granted?

Before probate an executor may do all things that pertain to the executorial office, including:

  • pay or release a debt.
  • get in and receive the testator’s estate.
  • assent to a legacy.
  • generally intermeddle with the testator’s goods.
  • exercise commercial rent arrears recovery (formerly distrain for rent)
  • release an action.

How long does an executor have to distribute assets in New Jersey?

9 months

See Deadlines and Timelines in New Jersey Probate. Upon proof that 9 months has elapsed after entry of an order to limit creditor, and if there are no unpaid or pending claims, the personal representative or executor can distribute the assets and obtain an order of discharge.

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