29A-2-402. Homestead allowance. (a) A decedent's surviving spouse or minor children are entitled to a homestead allowance as provided in chapter 43-31. In addition to the homestead allowance, the decedent's surviving spouse is entitled to the property and cash described as exempt property in chapter 43-45. If there is no surviving spouse, the decedent's children are entitled jointly to the exempt property.
(b) Exempt property and homestead allowance are in addition to any share passing to the surviving spouse or children by the decedent's will, by intestate succession, or by way of elective share. Exempt property and homestead allowance have priority over all claims against the estate.
(c) Property that is specifically devised may not be used to satisfy rights to homestead allowance or exempt property to the extent there is other property of the estate available to satisfy such rights.
(d) The personal representative may execute an instrument or deed of distribution to establish the ownership of property taken as homestead allowance or exempt property. The personal representative or any interested person aggrieved by any selection, determination, or failure to act under this section may petition the court for appropriate relief.
Source: SL 1995, ch 167, § 2-402.
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