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Approved Tribal Probate Codes

The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2006 (AIPRA) provides a probate process for trust assets of American Indians. The goal of AIPRA is to create a more standardized and comprehensive probate process that works toward reducing fractionation of trust and restricted land. Prior to the enactment of AIPRA, the probate of trust assets was governed by the state law where the trust or restricted land was located.

AIPRA provides that any Indian Tribe may adopt its own Tribal probate code to govern the descent and distribution of trust and restricted land that is located within the Tribe’s reservation or otherwise subject to the Tribe’s jurisdiction. Adoption of Tribal probate codes are subject to approval of the Secretary of the Interior.

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Division of Probate Services
1001 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MST, Monday-Friday

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