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§ 1902. Letters of administration and letters testamentary, small estates, notice
(a) Upon receiving and filing such petition, the judge of probate may make such investigation of the circumstances of the case and the facts set forth in the petition, as he or she deems proper and necessary.
(b) The court may grant administration of the estate to the petitioner or some other suitable person forthwith without further notice, and may issue letters of administration to the administrator or letters testamentary to the executor without requiring further bonds, if from the petition and the investigation it appears to the satisfaction of the court that:
(1)(A) the deceased left a surviving spouse or children of any age, or both; or
(B) the deceased left a surviving parent or parents but no spouse or child;
(2) the deceased died seized of no real estate other than a time-share estate as defined by 32 V.S.A. § 3619(a); and
(3) the personal estate of the deceased, appraised at its true cash value as of the date of death, amounts to not more than the sum of $10,000.00. (Added 1975, No. 240 (Adj. Sess.), § 10; amended 1981, No. 150 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2009, No. 75 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2013, No. 102 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)