2018 Indiana Code
TITLE 29. Probate
CHAPTER 5. Administration of Estate of Intestate Absentee
29-2-5-5. Distribution of estates; bond; trustee

Universal Citation: IN Code § 29-2-5-5 (2018)
IC 29-2-5-5 Distribution of estates; bond; trustee

     Sec. 5. (a) The property of such departed person, real and personal, and all his rights, obligations and choses in action, shall be subject to the same liabilities, incidents, rights, management and disposal under this chapter, in all respects, as if such person were known to be deceased; and all adjudications and acts done by such administrator or guardian shall be valid, effectual and binding on such person should he return, as if they were his own acts, the acts and doings of such administrator and guardian being in good faith and without fraud.

     (b) Before any distribution of the estate of such absentee shall be made to the person or persons entitled to receive it, he or they shall give security, to the approval of the proper circuit or superior court or probate court of the county having jurisdiction thereof, in such sum as the court shall direct, and conditioned that if the absentee shall, in fact, be at the time alive, he or they will, respectively, refund the amounts received by each, on demand, with interest; said bond to run and be in force for the period of three (3) years from the date of the issuing of letters of administration by said court, and if, during said period of three (3) years, the absentee shall not appear and demand said estate, the rights of the absentee thereto shall be barred; but if the person or persons entitled to receive the same is or are unable to give the security aforesaid, then the court shall appoint a trustee, who shall give bond for the faithful performance of his duties in one and one-half times the amount of such money, with sufficient sureties, who shall invest said money at interest as the court may direct, which interest is to be paid annually to the person or persons entitled to it, and the money to remain at interest until the security aforesaid is given, and if the absentee does not appear and demand said money within said period of three (3) years, the court shall order it to be paid to the person or persons entitled to it absolutely.

     (c) The provisions of this section shall apply to all pending and future administrations of such estates of absentees.

Formerly: Acts 1859, c.4, s.5; Acts 1913, c.326, s.1. As amended by Acts 1982, P.L.171, SEC.70.


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