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Title 14 : Decedents Estates and Fiduciary Relations

Chapter 066 : Settlement of Claims

(Cite as: 14 V.S.A. § 1204)
  • § 1204. Manner of presentation of claims

    Claims against a decedent’s estate may be presented as follows:

    (1) The claimant shall deliver to the executor or administrator a written statement of the claim indicating its basis, the name and address of the claimant, and the amount claimed, and shall file a copy of the claim with the Probate Division of the Superior Court. The claim is deemed presented on the first to occur of receipt of the written statement of claim by the executor or administrator, or the filing of the copy of the claim with the court. If a claim is not yet due, the date when it will become due shall be stated. If the claim is contingent or unliquidated, the nature of the uncertainty shall be stated. If the claim is secured, the security shall be described. Failure to describe correctly the security, the nature of any uncertainty, and the due date of a claim not yet due does not invalidate the claim made.

    (2) The claimant may commence a proceeding against the executor or administrator in any court where the executor or administrator may be subjected to jurisdiction, to obtain payment of the claim against the estate, but the commencement of the proceeding must occur within the time limited for presenting the claim. No presentation of claim is required in regard to matters claimed in proceedings against the decedent that were pending at the time of death.

    (3) If a claim is presented under subdivision (1) of this section, no proceeding thereon may be commenced more than 60 days after the executor or administrator has mailed a notice of disallowance; but, in the case of a claim that is not presently due or that is contingent or unliquidated, the executor or administrator may consent to an extension of the 60-day period, or to avoid injustice, the court, on motion, may order an extension of the 60-day period, but in no event shall the extension run beyond the applicable statute of limitations. (Added 1975, No. 240 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; amended 1985, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 60; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 238a, eff. Feb. 1, 2011.)