Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes new probate rule

Bryan Newland
Bryan Newland

Bryan Newland serves as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, a political position at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Photo: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finalized changes to federal probate regulations that are aimed at streamlining the process. The final rule is being published in the Federal Register on Monday . The changes have been in development for more than four years. “With this final rule, the BIA’s process for probating Indian trust estates can now work more efficiently,” Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said in a news release on Friday. “Thanks to comments we received from tribal leaders, tribal members and the public, those who must use the process can be assured their trust estates will be probated in a more timely manner than in the past,” said Newland, a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community. According to the BIA, the final rule eliminates ambiguities and procedural delays in the probate process. The changes should result in quicker distribution of trust assets to a person’s heirs and devisees. The rule will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register on December 20. American Indian Probate Regulations (To Be Published December 20, 2021) The following is the text of a December 17, 2021, news release from the Bureau of Indian Affairs . WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs today announced it has published a rule that finalizes revisions to the probate process for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals with property […]

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