2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802b - Decedents’ Estates
Section 45a-326 - (Formerly Sec. 45-257a). Partition or sale of undivided interest in decedent’s estate. Notice. Hearing.

CT Gen Stat § 45a-326 (2015) What's This?

(a) During the settlement of the estate of any person who died owning an undivided interest in any property not specifically devised or bequeathed, the executor or administrator of the estate and the owner or owners of the major portion of the other interest therein may petition in writing to the Probate Court having jurisdiction of the estate to order partition of the same. Except as provided in sections 52-495 to 52-503, inclusive, and sections 52-503f to 52-503r, inclusive, the court shall hear and decide the petition for partition in accordance with this section.

(b) Unless the petition for the partition of such interest in property is signed by all the persons in interest, or the guardians of such of them as are minors, or the conservators of such of them as are incapable persons having conservators, the court shall, following public notice, fully hear the case and make all orders as the interests of the parties and the estate demand. In such case the court shall not order partition unless upon full hearing it appears that the best interests of the estate and of the parties concerned will be promoted thereby.

(c) If, upon such petition, it is the opinion of the court of probate that a sale will better promote the interests of the owners, or that the property cannot be beneficially divided for the purpose of distribution, it may order the sale of any or all such property in such manner and upon such notice as it deems expedient; but unless the petition for the partition or sale of such interest in property is signed by all the persons in interest, or the guardians of such of them as are minors, or the conservators of such of them as are incapable persons having conservators, the court shall, following public notice, fully hear the case and make all orders as the interests of the parties and the estate demand. In such case the court shall not order sale unless upon full hearing it appears that the best interests of the estate and of the parties concerned will be promoted thereby. An order to sell pursuant to this section shall not be made until the executor, administrator or person designated to sell gives a probate bond to secure the execution of his trust according to the order of the court and according to law unless the probate court dispenses with the requirement of a probate bond as provided in section 45a-169.

(d) The court may appoint for the purpose of partitioning such property a committee of three disinterested persons, who shall be sworn and shall make a return of their actions to the court according to the order thereof. Such partition, when so made and returned to and accepted by the court, and all orders and decrees relating thereto, shall bind all persons interested therein and their heirs.

(e) The portion set to the estate of the deceased person shall be treated as if the same had been partitioned in the lifetime of such deceased person by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(f) If the property so partitioned is real property, a copy of such decree shall be recorded upon the land records of the town in which such land is situated.

(g) If the name or residence of any party entitled to share in the proceeds of property so sold is unknown to the court and cannot be ascertained, it shall appoint a trustee for the share of such party. Such trustee shall give a probate bond and shall hold such share until demanded by the person or persons entitled thereto.

(1949 Rev., S. 7031; P.A. 80-476, S. 303; P.A. 15-234, S. 14.)

History: P.A. 80-476 divided section into Subsecs., reordering and restating provisions and inserted new provisions designated as Subsec. (b) re authority of court to hear case and make orders re partition; Sec. 45-247 transferred to Sec. 45-257a in 1981; Sec. 45-257a transferred to Sec. 45a-326 in 1991; P.A. 15-234 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute “petition” for “apply”, add provision re authority of Probate Court to hear and decide petition for partition in accordance with section, except as provided in Secs. 52-495 to 52-503 and 52-503f to 52-503r, and make a technical change.

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