Proceedings to set apart exemptions when administration not granted on decedent's estate within 60 days after death - Generally.
(a) When the property, real or personal, owned by a decedent at the time of his death does not exceed in amount and value the exemption allowed in favor of his or her surviving spouse and minor child or children, or either, and no administration is granted on his estate within 60 days after his death, the probate court of the county in which he resided at the time of his death, upon the application of the surviving spouse or, if there is no surviving spouse or he or she does not act, upon the application of a suitable person who shall be appointed by the judge of probate as the next friend of such minor child or children, verified by oath and setting forth such facts, as well as the names, condition, and residence, if known, of the heirs of the decedent other than the minor children of the decedent, must appoint two commissioners, who shall make a full and complete inventory and appraisement of the real or personal property, or both, of such decedent, describing the property and stating the value of each item or parcel thereof. In estimating the value of such property, or any part thereof, if the same is held in pledge or under mortgage or other lien or encumbrance created prior to the death of the decedent, such encumbered property must be valued at only the excess of its value over and above the sum of such liens or other encumbrances.
(b) If such property, real or personal, or both, does not exceed in amount or value the exemptions allowed in such property, the commissioners must set apart the same to the surviving spouse and minor child or children, or either, as exempt from administration; and within 10 days thereafter, they shall return to the court the inventory and appraisement, with a report of their action in the premises. Exceptions to such report may be filed, heard, and determined as in other cases of exceptions to reports setting apart exemptions.
(Code 1886, §§2562, 2563; Code 1896, §§2097-2099; Code 1907, §§4224-4226; Code 1923, §§7948-7950; Code 1940, T. 7, §§694-696; Acts 1947, No. 132, p. 41.)