2018 Indiana Code
TITLE 29. Probate
CHAPTER 6. Construction of Wills, Renunciation of Interests, and Determination of Heirship
29-1-6-2. Contest of wills; admission prevented; forfeiture of benefits

Universal Citation: IN Code § 29-1-6-2 (2018)
IC 29-1-6-2 Contest of wills; admission prevented; forfeiture of benefits

     Sec. 2. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a no contest provision is enforceable according to the express terms of the no contest provision.

     (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to the following proceedings:

(1) An action brought by a beneficiary if good cause is found by a court.

(2) An action brought by an executor or other fiduciary of a will that incorporates a no contest provision, unless the executor or other fiduciary is a beneficiary against whom the no contest provision is otherwise enforceable.

(3) An agreement, including a nonjudicial settlement agreement, among beneficiaries and any other interested persons to settle or resolve any other matter relating to a will or estate.

(4) An action to determine whether a proposed or pending motion or proceeding constitutes a contest.

(5) An action brought by or on behalf of a beneficiary to seek a ruling regarding the construction or interpretation of a will.

(6) An action or objection brought by a beneficiary, an executor, or other fiduciary that seeks a ruling on proposed distributions, fiduciary fees, or any other matter where a court has discretion.

(7) An action brought by the attorney general that:

(A) seeks a ruling regarding the construction or interpretation of:

(i) a will containing a charitable trust or charitable bequest; or

(ii) a no contest provision contained in a will or trust that purports to penalize a charity or charitable interest; or

(B) institutes any other proceedings relating to:

(i) an estate; or

(ii) a trust;

if good cause is shown to do so.

Formerly: Acts 1953, c.112, s.602. As amended by P.L.136-2018, SEC.215; P.L.163-2018, SEC.4; P.L.215-2018(ss), SEC.13.


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