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§ 3175. Requiring or changing amount of bond

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and FiduciariesEffective: December 24, 2018

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 31. Dispositions Independent of Letters; Family Exemption; Probate of Wills and Grant of Letters
Subchapter E. Personal Representative; Bond (Refs & Annos)
Effective: December 24, 2018
20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3175
§ 3175. Requiring or changing amount of bond
(a) By the court.--The court, upon cause shown and after such notice, if any, as it shall direct, may require a surety bond, or increase or decrease the amount of an existing bond, or require more or less security therefor.
(b) By the register.--
(1) If, after examining the inventory or inheritance tax return, the register determines that the register has required insufficient security, the register may direct the personal representative to post additional security.
(2) The personal representative shall post such additional security as the register may reasonably require.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), in the event the personal representative fails or refuses to post the additional security, the register shall refer the matter to the court for appropriate enforcement.
(4) If the register requires additional security and the personal representative obtains a waiver from all parties in interest to the estate, the personal representative may elect to not post additional security, and the register shall be released and held harmless from any and all liability related to the personal representative's failure to post the security.
(5) A waiver under paragraph (4) must be signed on a form provided by the register subject to 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities) and contain, at a minimum, all of the following information:
(i) The name and address of the beneficiary.
(ii) The name of the decedent.
(iii) The estate's file number.
(iv) The name and address of each personal representative.
(v) A list of distributions that have been made to beneficiaries to date.
(vi) The amount of additional security requested by the register.
(vii) An estimate by the administrator of the amount of time necessary to complete the administration of the estate from the date of the waiver.
(c) Construction.--Nothing in this section may be construed as creating any liability of a register or the register's surety to any person for the register's failure to require additional security under this section.


1972, June 30, P.L. 508, No. 164, § 2, effective July 1, 1972. Amended 2018, Oct. 24, P.L. 722, No. 113, § 1, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2018].
20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3175, PA ST 20 Pa.C.S.A. § 3175
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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