2021 Delaware Code
Title 12 - Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
Chapter 27. Sale of Lands by Executors and Administrators
§ 2701. Petition for sale of realty to pay decedent's debts; notice.

Universal Citation: 12 DE Code § 2701. (2021)
§ 2701. Petition for sale of realty to pay decedent's debts; notice.

(a) When the personal estate of a decedent is not sufficient to pay the decedent's debts, the decedent's executor or administrator may present to the Court of Chancery of the county in which there is any real estate of the decedent a petition outlining such facts, and praying for an order for sale of the whole, or such part thereof, if the personal estate is not sufficient for that purpose.

(b) Written notice of intention to present such petition, and of the day and place of doing so, shall be given by the executor or administrator at least 10 days in advance to the parties interested or, if any of the parties be minors and have guardians, to such guardians if such parties and guardians reside in the State, and also to the tenants in possession of the premises intended to be sold. If any of the parties or guardians do not reside in the State, there shall, in such case, be such publication or service of notice in respect to them as shall be prescribed by the Court of Chancery, by general rule, or specially directed in any case.

(c) Where the decedent has real estate in more than 1 of the counties of this State the petition may be presented to the Court of Chancery of any of the counties wherein such real estate is located. The Court may, in such action, make an order in relation to any real estate of the decedent located within this State. The Court shall order the part of the proceedings which relates to real estate in a county, other than that where the petition is presented, to be certified and recorded in the Court of Chancery in that county; and the record shall have all the effect of an original record. The sale of any such real estate shall be conducted only in the county wherein such real estate is located.

Code 1852, §§ 1877, 1878;  Code 1915, § 3417;  Code 1935, § 3877;  12 Del. C. 1953, § 2701;  57 Del. Laws, c. 402, § 3;  59 Del. Laws, c. 384, § 1;  70 Del Laws, c. 186,, § 1; 
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