After the personal representative has qualified
and Letters have issued, the Register will issue "short certificates"
(so-called because of the half-sheet size of paper), which evidence
the appointment and capacity of the executor or administrator. Short
certificates are issued as promptly as the petition for Letters
may be processed and the decree granting Letters executed. Short
certificates may be ordered either at the time of probate or thereafter.
The current cost is $5.00 each and a short certificate will generally
be honored by third parties for a period of 90 days from the issue
Generally, the Register will not issue a short
certificate if more than nine months have elapsed since the date
Letters were granted unless an Inventory has been filed. The Inventory
requirement is discussed further in Chapter 6