2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802b - Decedents’ Estates
Section 45a-289 - (Formerly Sec. 45-169). When bond required of executor. Amount of bond. Reduction of bond.

CT Gen Stat § 45a-289 (2015) What's This?

(a) A probate bond shall be required of an executor, unless such bond is excused as provided by law.

(b) If the will designates a person to be an executor and directs that no bond or that a bond of a certain amount only shall be required of such executor, the Probate Court shall follow such provisions of the will if no objection to such provisions has been filed, provided, if an objection has been filed or the Court of Probate determines that for cause shown the filing of a bond is necessary for the protection of creditors or to assure the payment of succession taxes, or both, a bond shall be required in an amount which shall not be less than an amount equal to twice the amount of the debts of the deceased as estimated by the court or to the amount of the tax on any untaxed property plus the succession tax as estimated by the court or to the amount named in the will, whichever of such amounts is the greatest.

(1949 Rev., S. 6963; 1963, P.A. 513; 1967, P.A. 301; 1969, P.A. 231; P.A. 80-227, S. 16, 24; 80-476, S. 247.)

History: 1963 act added provision authorizing court to excuse posting of bond unless objection is filed or bond deemed necessary to protect creditors and assure payment of succession taxes; 1967 act rephrased authorization to excuse posting of bond and made court’s excusing of bond mandatory rather than optional, substituting “shall” for “may”; 1969 act added provision authorizing court to reduce bond after interim account has been allowed; P.A. 80-227 rephrased provisions and deleted provision authorizing court to reduce bond following acceptance of interim account, effective July 1, 1981; P.A. 80-476 divided section into Subsecs. and made minor wording changes; Sec. 45-169 transferred to Sec. 45a-289 in 1991.

Annotations to former section 45-169:

Executors liable jointly as principals to surety for default of one of their number. 2 C. 540. Cited. 49 C. 424. Approval of bond relates back to time of filing; “accepted” as showing approval. 73 C. 435. Bond does not cover proceeds of land sold by order of court. 77 C. 75.

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