Maine Revised Statutes

§3-817. Survival of actions

(a).    No personal action or cause of action is lost by the death of either party, but the same survives for and against the personal representative of the deceased, except that actions or causes of action for the recovery of penalties and forfeitures of money under penal statutes do not survive the death of the defendant. A personal representative may seek relief from a judgment in an action to which the deceased was a party to the same extent that the deceased might have done so.
[ 2001, c. 217, §2 (AMD) .]
(b).    When the only plaintiff or defendant dies while an action that survives is pending, or after its commencement and before entry of judgment, his personal representative may appear and enter the action or any appeal that has been made, and suggest on the record the death of the party. If the personal representative does not appear within 90 days after his appointment, he may be cited to appear, and after due notice judgment may be entered against him by dismissal or default if no such appearance is made.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(c).    When either of several plaintiffs or defendants in an action that survives dies, the death may be suggested on the record, and the personal representative of the deceased may appear or be cited to appear as provided in subsection (b). The action may be further prosecuted or defended by the survivors and the personal representative jointly or by either of them. The survivors, if any, on both sides of the action may testify as witnesses.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(d).    When a judgment creditor dies before the first execution issues or before an execution issued in his lifetime is fully satisfied, such execution may be issued or be effective in favor of the deceased judgment creditor's personal representative, but no execution shall issue or be effective beyond the time within which it would have been effective or issued if the party had not died.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(e).    An execution issued under subsection (d) shall set forth the fact that the judgment creditor has died since the rendition of the judgment and that the substituted party is the personal representative of the decedent's estate.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(f).    The personal representative proceeding under this section shall be liable, and shall hold any recovered property or award, in his representative capacity, except as otherwise provided in section 3-808.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 2001, c. 217, §2 (AMD).

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