Informal Proceedings Under the Uniform Probate Code: Notice and Due Process

The Uniform Probate Code’s formal procedures, which require that notice be mailed or be personally delivered to interested parties prior to any formal proceeding, seem to offer little difficulty in terms of due process. However, the Uniform Probate Code’s informal procedures, insofar as they encompass no-notice proceedings, have suffered some criticism.” It is the purpose of this article to respond to these criticisms, and to demonstrate that the informal procedures of the Code as accepted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws do in fact offer all interested persons adequate protection of their interests in an estate and are fully consistent with the United States Supreme Court’s standards of fairness and due process of law.