2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802b - Decedents’ Estates
Section 45a-429 - (Formerly Sec. 45-271e). Contribution where estate is taken to pay debts.

CT Gen Stat § 45a-429 (2015) What's This?

When any estate bequeathed or devised to any person is taken for the payment of debts and charges, all the other legatees, devisees or heirs shall contribute their proportional part of the estate to the person from whom such legacy or devise is taken and he may maintain an action to compel such contribution.

(1949 Rev., S. 6968; P.A. 80-476, S. 316.)

History: P.A. 80-476 deleted exception re widows “in case the devise has been made in lieu of dower” and made wording change; Sec. 45-180 transferred to Sec. 45-271e in 1981; Sec. 45-271e transferred to Sec. 45a-429 in 1991.

Annotations to former section 45-180:

At common law, gift to widow in lieu of dower does not abate ratably with other legacies. 23 C. 330; 26 C. 263. Section applies only when will is silent or its intent uncertain. 68 C. 201. Applies only in favor of specific legatees or devisees who have been deprived of their property by judicial sales. 71 C. 530. Cited. 86 C. 462; 158 C. 292.

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