For decedents dying after July 1, 2013, Iowa law also provides for small estate administration
when the gross value of the probate assets of a decedent is less than $100,000.00
IOWA CODE § 635.1. Where there is no will, a petition for small estate administration
may be made by a surviving spouse, heirs of the decedent, creditors of the decedent,
or any other persons showing good grounds therefor; if there is a will, such a petition
may be filed by any interested person. IOWA CODE §§ 633.227, 633.228, 633.290, 635.1.
Upon petition of an authorized petitioner, the clerk shall issue letters of appointment
for administration to the proposed personal representative named in the petition,
if qualified to serve. IOWA CODE § 635.1. Pursuant to IOWA CODE § 635.2, the petition
for the administration of a small estate must contain:
the name, domicile, and date of death of decedent;
the name and address of the surviving spouse, if any, and the name and relationship
of each beneficiary in a testate estate or known heirs in an intestate estate;
whether the decedent died intestate or testate, and, if testate, the date the will
a statement that the probate property of the decedent does not have an aggregate gross
value of more than $100,000.00 and the approximate amount of personal property and
income for the purposes of setting a bond; and
the name of the proposed personal representative.
Once the court appoints an authorized petitioner as the personal representative, he
or she shall take possession of all the personal property belonging to the estate,
except the property exempt to the surviving spouse. The personal representative may
maintain an action for the possession of such real and personal property or to determine
the title to any property of the decedent. IOWA CODE § 633.351.