Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 76A.djvu/701

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-605§ 1543. Statement in notice, if allegations included in petition for probate or letters If the allegations and prayer as provided by section 1542 of this title are included in the petition for probate of the will or for letters of administration, the notice of hearing shall include a statement that a prayer for setting aside the estate to the surviving spouse or minor child or minor children, as the case may be, is included in the petition. § 1544. Fixing time of hearing; notice; proceedings under separate petition If a separate petition is filed as provided by section 1542 of this title, the clerk shall hx a day for the hearing thereof and shall give notice for the period and in the manner provided by section 1583 of this title. If the hearing of the original petition for probate of the will or for letters of administration is set for a day more than 10 days after the filing of the separate petition, the latter shall be set for hearing at the same time as the former; if not, the separate petition shall be set for hearing at least 10 days after the date on which it is filed, and if the original petition has not been heard, it shall be continued until the date for the separate petition and heard at the same time. § 1545. Decree of assignment; title; restriction on right (a) If, upon the hearing of a petition provided for by this subchapter, the court finds that the net value of the estate, over and above all liens and encumbrances at the date of the death of the decedent and not including the property excepted from administration under section 522 of this title, does not exceed the sum of $3,000, as of the date of death of the decedent, that the expenses of the last illness, funeral charges, and expenses of administration have been paid, and that subsection (b) or this section does not apply to the particular case, it shall, by decree for that purpose, assign to the surviving spouse of the decedent, if there is a surviving spouse, or, if there is no surviving spouse, then to the minor child or minor children of the decedent, if any, the whole of the estate, subject to whatever mortgages, liens, or encumbrances there may be upon the estate at the time of the death of the decedent. The title thereto shall vest absolutely in the surviving spouse, if there is a surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, in the minor child or minor children, subject to whatever mortgages, liens, or encumbrances there may be upon the estate at the time of the death of the decedent, and there shall be no further proceedings in the administration, unless further estate is discovered. (b) A surviving spouse or minor child is not entitled to an assignment under this subchapter, if the spouse or child has other estate, including the total value of any property held by either in joint tenancy with the decedent and the value of any property excepted from administration pursuant to section 522 of this title, the net value of which, over and above all liens and encumbrances, exceeds the sum of $5,000. § 1546. Denying assignment and acting on petition for probate or letters If the court finds that the net value of the estate exceeds $3,000, or that the surviving spouse or minor child has other estate of $5,000 in value, or that there is neither a surviving spouse nor minor child, it shall act upon the petition for probate or for letters of administration in the same manner as though a petition to set aside the estate had not been included, and the estate shall then be administered in the usual manner.