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Senate Bill 0048


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Senate Bill 0048

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB48 (Updated March 13, 2007 2:23 pm - DI 84)

Probate and trust matters. Provides that a trust is entitled to certain property tax deductions for real property owned by the trust if the property is occupied by an individual who has a beneficial interest in the trust, is considered to have a life estate in the real property, and otherwise qualifies for the deduction. Provides that when a court has not directed notice by rule, the default certified or registered mail option is replaced by the option to provide notice by first class postage prepaid mail. Specifies that the notice provided by the clerk of court to an heir, a devisee, a legatee, or a creditor when letters testamentary or of administration are issued shall be served by certified mail. Provides that a will can be admitted to probate more than three years after the decedent's death if the will is presented for probate less than 60 days after: (1) another will previously offered for probate is denied probate; or (2) the probate of another will previously admitted to probate is revoked. Authorizes the use of an affidavit to obtain the information necessary to determine whether the value of a decedent's gross probate estate is low enough to allow the estate to be administered summarily. Provides immunity from civil liability to a person who provides information in good faith reliance upon the affidavit. Increases the maximum gross value of a probate estate that may be summarily distributed and closed upon the filing of an affidavit from $25,000 to $50,000. Specifies that the personal representative has the right to take possession of all the property of the decedent, without exception. Removes a provision under which the personal representative is not authorized to possess property subject to the surviving spouse and family allowances. Provides that the notice requirements applying to hearings on filed estate accountings also apply to a hearing on a petition for a court to decree the final distribution of an estate. Requires notice to be given by certified mail when a petition for the appointment of a guardian or for the issuance of a protective order is filed under the probate code. Specifies that when a petition for appointment of a guardian or for the issuance of a protective order is filed with the court, notice of the petition and the hearing on the petition shall be given by certified mail. Removes a provision requiring that notices concerning guardianship petitions be given according to the notice requirements applicable to hearings on guardianship petitions. Provides that upon the termination of a guardianship any remaining property subject to the guardianship may be transferred to a trust approved by the court or to a custodian under the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act. Authorizes the self-appointment of certain fiduciaries as custodians under the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act. Eliminates the requirement that a trust certification document include the trust's taxpayer identification number. Provides that the trustee of a trust to which an interest in real property is transferred is considered the insured owner under a title insurance policy issued for the interest in real property if the transfer meets certain conditions. Makes technical corrections. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Probate Code Study Commission.)
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     In Conference Committee
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