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§ 910. Nonprobate transfer--Liability of transferees

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 71. Securities

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 71. Securities (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 5. Oklahoma Uniform Tod Security Registration Act (Refs & Annos)
71 Okl.St.Ann. § 910
§ 910. Nonprobate transfer--Liability of transferees
A. In this section, “nonprobate transfer” means a transfer described in subsection B of this section by an owner whose last domicile was in this state.
B. A transfer on death resulting from a registration in beneficiary form is effective by reason of the contract regarding the registration between the owner and the registering entity and this act1 and is not testamentary.
C. A transferee of a nonprobate transfer is subject to liability to any probate estate of the decedent for allowed claims against that estate and statutory allowances to the decedent's spouse and children to the extent the estate is insufficient to satisfy those claims and allowances. The liability of a nonprobate transferee may not exceed the value of nonprobate transfers received by that transferee.
D. Nonprobate transferees are liable for the insufficiency described in subsection C in the following order of priority:
1. A transferee designated in the decedent's will or any other governing instrument, as provided in the instrument;
2. The trustee of a trust serving as the principal nonprobate instrument in the decedent's estate plan as shown by its designation as devisee of the decedent's residuary estate or by other facts or circumstances, to the extent of the value of the nonprobate transfer received;
3. Other nonprobate transferees, in proportion to the values received.
E. A provision made in one instrument may direct the apportionment of the liability among the nonprobate transferees taking under that or any other governing instrument. If a provision in one instrument conflicts with a provision in another, the later one prevails.
F. Upon due notice to a nonprobate transferee, the liability imposed by this section is enforceable in proceedings in this state, whether or not the transferee is located in this state.
G. A proceeding under this section may not be commenced unless the personal representative of the decedent's estate has received a written demand for the proceeding from the surviving spouse or a child, to the extent that statutory allowances are affected, or a creditor. If the personal representative declines or fails to commence a proceeding after demand, a person making demand may commence the proceeding in the name of the decedent's estate, at the expense of the person making the demand and not of the estate. A personal representative who declines in good faith to commence a requested proceeding incurs no personal liability for declining.
H. A proceeding under this section must be commenced within one (1) year after the decedent's death, but a proceeding on behalf of a creditor whose claim was allowed after proceedings challenging disallowance of the claim may be commenced within sixty (60) days after final allowance of the claim.
I. Unless a written notice asserting that a decedent's estate is insufficient to pay allowed claims and statutory allowances has been received from the decedent's personal representative, a trustee receiving a nonprobate transfer is released from liability under this section with respect to any assets distributed to the trust's beneficiaries. Each beneficiary to the extent of the distribution received becomes liable for the amount of the trustee's liability attributable to that assets received by the beneficiary.


Laws 1994, c. 208, § 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1999, c. 141, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


Title 71, § 901 et seq.
71 Okl. St. Ann. § 910, OK ST T. 71 § 910
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 332 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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