Maine Revised Statutes

§3-806. Allowance of claims

(a).    As to claims presented in the manner described in section 3-804 within the time limit prescribed in section 3-803, the personal representative may furnish a notice to any claimant stating that the claim has been disallowed. If, after allowing or disallowing a claim, the personal representative changes his decision concerning the claim, he shall notify the claimant. The personal representative may not change a disallowance of a claim after the time for the claimant to file a petition for allowance or to commence a proceeding on the claim has run and the claim has been barred. Every claim which is disallowed in whole or in part by the personal representative is barred so far as not allowed unless the claimant files a petition for allowance in the court or commences a proceeding against the personal representative not later than 60 days after the mailing of the notice of disallowance or partial allowance if the notice warns the claimant of the impending bar. Failure of the personal representative to furnish notice to a claimant of action on his claim for 60 days after the time for original presentation of the claim has expired has the effect of a notice of allowance.
[ 1979, c. 690, §§11, 12 (AMD) .]
(b).    Upon the petition of the personal representative or of a claimant in a proceeding for the purpose, the court may allow in whole or in part any claim or claims presented to the personal representative or filed with the clerk of the court in due time and not barred by subsection (a). Notice in this proceeding shall be given to the claimant, the personal representative and those other persons interested in the estate as the court may direct by order entered at the time the proceeding is commenced.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(c).    A judgment in a proceeding in another court against a personal representative to enforce a claim against a decedent's estate is an allowance of the claim.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(d).    Unless otherwise provided in any judgment in another court entered against the personal representative, allowed claims bear prejudgment interest at the rate specified in Title 14, section 1602-B for the period commencing 60 days after the time for original presentation of the claim has expired unless based on a contract making a provision for interest, in which case they bear interest in accordance with that provision.
(1). Interest may not accrue on any allowed claims, however allowed, against an insolvent estate, except to the extent that insurance coverage or other nonprobate assets are available to pay the claim in full. This paragraph is effective for estates of decedents who die on or after October 1, 1997. [1997, c. 202, §1 (NEW).]
(2). To the extent that an allowed claim against an insolvent estate is secured by property, the value of which, as determined under section 3-809, is greater than the amount of the claim, the holder of the claim may receive interest on the principal amount of the claim and any reasonable fees, costs or charges provided for under an agreement under which the claim arose. This paragraph is effective for estates of decedents who die on or after October 1, 1997. [1997, c. 202, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2003, c. 460, §9 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 1979, c. 690, §§11,12 (AMD). 1997, c. 202, §1 (AMD). 2003, c. 460, §9 (AMD).