Maine Revised Statutes

§2-205. Proceeding for elective share; time limit

(a).    The surviving spouse may elect to take his elective share in the augmented estate by filing in the court and mailing or delivering to the personal representative, if any, a petition for the elective share within 9 months after the date of death, or within 6 months after the probate of the decedent's will, whichever limitation last expires. However, that nonprobate transfers, described in section 2-202, paragraph (1), shall not be included within the augmented estate for the purpose of computing the elective share, if the petition is filed later than 9 months after death.

The court may extend the time for election as it sees fit for cause shown by the surviving spouse before the time for election has expired. [1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).]

(b).    The surviving spouse shall give notice of the time and place set for hearing to persons interested in the estate and to the distributees and recipients of portions of the augmented net estate whose interests will be adversely affected by the taking of the elective share.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(c).    The surviving spouse may withdraw his demand for an elective share at any time before entry of a final determination by the court.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(d).    After notice and hearing, the court shall determine the amount of the elective share and shall order its payment from the assets of the augmented net estate or by contribution as appears appropriate under section 2-207. If it appears that a fund or property included in the augmented net estate has not come into the possession of the personal representative, or has been distributed by the personal representative, the court nevertheless shall fix the liability of any person who has any interest in the fund or property or who has possession thereof, whether as trustee or otherwise. The proceeding may be maintained against fewer than all persons against whom relief could be sought, but no person is subject to contribution in any greater amount than he would have been if relief had been secured against all persons subject to contribution.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(e).    The order or judgment of the court may be enforced as necessary in suit for contribution or payment in other courts of this State or other jurisdictions.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).