(a) Thirty days after the death of a decedent, (i) any person indebted to the decedent, (ii) any person having possession of tangible personal property or an instrument evidencing a debt, obligation, stock, or chose in action belonging to the decedent, or (iii) any safe deposit company, as defined in section 55.01, controlling the right of access to decedent's safe deposit box shall make payment of the indebtedness or deliver the tangible personal property or an instrument evidencing a debt, obligation, stock, or chose in action or deliver the entire contents of the safe deposit box to a person claiming to be the successor of the decedent, or a state or county agency with a claim authorized by section 256B.15, upon being presented a certified death record of the decedent and an affidavit made by or on behalf of the successor stating that:
(1) the value of the entire probate estate, determined as of the date of death, wherever located, including specifically any contents of a safe deposit box, less liens and encumbrances, does not exceed $75,000;
(2) 30 days have elapsed since the death of the decedent or, in the event the property to be delivered is the contents of a safe deposit box, 30 days have elapsed since the filing of an inventory of the contents of the box pursuant to section 55.10, paragraph (h);
(3) no application or petition for the appointment of a personal representative is pending or has been granted in any jurisdiction;
(4) if presented, by a state or county agency with a claim authorized by section 256B.15, to a financial institution with a multiple-party account in which the decedent had an interest at the time of death, the amount of the affiant's claim and a good faith estimate of the extent to which the decedent was the source of funds or beneficial owner of the account; and
(5) the claiming successor is entitled to payment or delivery of the property.
(b) A transfer agent of any security shall change the registered ownership on the books of a corporation from the decedent to the successor or successors upon the presentation of an affidavit as provided in subsection (a).
(d) A motor vehicle registrar shall issue a new certificate of title in the name of the successor upon the presentation of an affidavit as provided in subsection (a).
(e) The person controlling access to decedent's safe deposit box need not open the box or deliver the contents of the box if:
(1) the person has received notice of a written or oral objection from any person or has reason to believe that there would be an objection; or
(2) the lessee's key or combination is not available.
1974 c 442 art 3 s 524.3-1201; 1976 c 161 s 13; 1977 c 159 s 1; 1978 c 741 s 9; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 74; 1987 c 403 art 2 s 151; 1991 c 11 s 1; 1992 c 461 art 1 s 2; 1995 c 130 s 18; 1997 c 217 art 2 s 18; 3Sp1997 c 3 s 13; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 15 s 32; 2002 c 347 s 3; 2009 c 117 art 1 s 3; 2016 c 135 art 2 s 31
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