Bill Sponsors: IN HB1591 | 2019 | Regular Session

Bill Title: Electronic estate planning. Allows a person to contest two or more wills if there is prima facie evidence that: (1) the decedent suffered from an irreversible medical or psychiatric condition that predated the earliest will to be challenged; or (2) a party beneficially interested in one or more of the challenged wills had a direct and active nexus with the preparation or execution process for each will to be challenged. Provides that, in a contest of two or more wills in one proceeding, the court shall review attorney's fee claims at the conclusion of the will contest, and the award and allocation of attorney's fees paid from the estate shall be solely at the discretion of the court. Authorizes the Indiana supreme court and office of judicial administration to establish and administer a statewide electronic estate planning documents registry (registry). Allows certain individuals to deposit certain items into the registry. Requires the administrator of the registry to catalog submitted items in a certain manner. Requires the registry administrator to make the registry index: (1) available to; and (2) searchable by; the public. Requires the registry administrator to keep the substantive content of electronic documents submitted to or deposited with the registry private, secure, and inaccessible to the public. Requires the registry administrator to issue a certified report concerning the existence of certain items submitted to or deposited with the registry in certain instances. Requires the registry administrator to issue a certified transcript of certain documents submitted to or deposited with the registry in certain instances. Allows the registry administrator to charge fees in certain instances. Specifies that the issuance of a court order on any matter related to an unsupervised estate does not revoke the personal representative's authority to continue the administration of the estate as an unsupervised estate. Provides that restrictions concerning the sale of real estate by an estate executor or administrator for the purpose of defraying the debts or obligations of a decedent are inapplicable in certain instances. Specifies how prima facie evidence of the devolution of real estate title to distributees may be established. Specifies recording requirements for affidavits concerning the devolution of real estate titles. Specifies notice requirements for claims made by the estate recovery unit of the office of Medicaid policy and planning. Defines the term "specified adult" as a person who: (1) is not less than 65 years of age; or (2) is a person who: (A) is at least 18 years of age; and (B) has a mental or physical impairment that prohibits the person from protecting the person's interests. Allows certain individuals to act on behalf of a specified adult in certain instances involving the financial exploitation of the specified adult. Voids certain transfers of real property if: (1) the transfer of the real property involves a transfer on death deed; and (2) the transfer of the real estate is not recorded: (A) before the death of the grantor; and (B) with the recorder of deeds in the county where the real property is situated. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming and technical amendments.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 5-2)

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-04-22 - Senate advisors appointed: Young M and Randolph Lonnie M [HB1591 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


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