Where there is no surviving spouse or domestic partner, one of the decease’s heirs
may collect the assets due the estate if the deceased died without a will and the
total value of the real and personal assets of the estate does not exceed $10,000.
The heir must obtain the consent in writing of the remaining heirs and must execute
and file an affidavit with the appropriate surrogate or court outlined in the statute.
The affidavit must set forth the residence of the decedent at the time of death, the
names, residences and relationships of all of the heirs, the nature, location and
value of the real and personal assets, and a statement that the value of the real
and personal assets will not exceed $10,000.00. (N.J. STAT. ANN. §3B:10-4 (2011).