2017 Delaware Code
Title 12 - Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
Subchapter I Suit for Legacy or Distributive Share
§ 3101. Action at law.

Universal Citation: 12 DE Code § 3101 (2017)

(a) An action at law may be maintained against an executor or administrator for a legacy or distributive share that is due. Assets in the executor's or administrator's hands to pay a legacy shall create a legal liability and raise a consequent promise to pay it. If there are not sufficient assets to pay the whole legacy, a part may be recovered. If the delivery of a specific legacy has been refused, the value of it may be recovered by an action at law. There shall be a legal liability to pay a distributive share and a consequent implied promise.

(b) An action at law shall not lie for a legacy which is either directly or by implication the subject of a trust.

Code 1852, §§ 1852-1854, 2591, 2592; Code 1915, §§ 3397, 4520; Code 1935, §§ 3860, 4974; 12 Del. C. 1953, § 3101.;

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