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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 13. Decedents' Estates, Guardianships, Transfers, and Trusts.
- Chapter 16. Probate of Wills and Administration
- Section 65. Priority Among Persons Seeking Appointment as Personal Representative.
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AS 13.16.065. Priority Among Persons Seeking Appointment as Personal Representative.
- (a) Whether the proceedings are formal or informal, persons who are not disqualified have priority for appointment in the
- (1) the person with priority as determined by a probated will including a person nominated by a power conferred in a will;
- (2) the surviving spouse of the decedent who is a devisee of the decedent;
- (3) other devisees of the decedent;
- (4) the surviving spouse of the decedent;
- (5) other heirs of the decedent;
- (6) 45 days after the death of the decedent, any creditor.
- (b) An objection to an appointment can be made only in formal proceedings. In case of objection the priorities stated in
(a) of this section apply except that
- (1) if the estate appears to be more than adequate to meet exemptions and costs of administration but inadequate to
discharge anticipated unsecured claims, the court, on petition of creditors, may appoint any qualified person;
- (2) in case of objection to appointment of a person other than one whose priority is determined by will by an heir or
devisee appearing to have a substantial interest in the estate, the court may appoint a person who is acceptable to
heirs and devisees whose interests in the estate appear to be worth in total more than half of the probable
distributable value, or, in default of this accord any suitable person.
- (c) A person entitled to letters under (a)(2) - (5) of this section, and a person aged 18 and over who would be entitled
to letters but for the person's age, may nominate a qualified person to act as personal representative. Any person
aged 18 and over may renounce the right to nominate or to an appointment by appropriate writing filed with the court.
When two or more persons share a priority, those of them who do not renounce must concur in nominating another to act
for them, or in applying for appointment.
- (d) Conservators of the estates of protected persons, or if there is no conservator, any guardian except a guardian ad
litem of a minor or incapacitated person, may exercise the same right to nominate, to object to another's appointment,
or to participate in determining the preference of a majority in interest of the heirs and devisees that the protected
person or ward would have if qualified for appointment.
- (e) Appointment of one who does not have priority, including priority resulting from renunciation or nomination determined
under this section, may be made only in formal proceedings. Before appointing one without priority, the court must
determine that those having priority, although given notice of the proceedings, have failed to request appointment or
to nominate another for appointment, and that administration is necessary.
- (f) No person is qualified to serve as a personal representative who is
- (1) under the age of 19;
- (2) a person whom the court finds unsuitable in formal proceedings.
- (g) A personal representative appointed by a court of the decedent's domicile has priority over all other persons except
where the decedent's will nominates different persons to be personal representative in this state and in the state of
domicile. The domiciliary personal representative may nominate another, who shall have the same priority as the
domiciliary personal representative.
- (h) This section governs priority for appointment of a successor personal representative but does not apply to the
selection of a special administrator.
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