Maine Revised Statutes

§2-402. Exempt property

In addition to the homestead allowance, the surviving spouse of a decedent who was domiciled in this State is entitled from the estate to value not exceeding $7,000 in excess of any security interests in the estate in property exempt under Title 14, chapter 507, subchapter II, Article 7, on the date of death of the decedent. If there is no surviving spouse, children of the decedent are entitled jointly to the same value. If encumbered chattels are selected and if the value in excess of security interests, plus that of other exempt property, is less than $7,000, or if there is not $7,000 worth of exempt property in the estate, the spouse or children are entitled to other assets of the estate, if any, to the extent necessary to make up the $7,000 value. Rights to exempt property and assets needed to make up a deficiency of exempt property have priority over all claims against the estate, except that the right to any assets to make up a deficiency of exempt property must abate as necessary to permit prior payment of homestead allowance and family allowance. These rights are in addition to any benefit or share passing to the surviving spouse or children by the will of the decedent unless otherwise provided, by intestate succession, or by way of elective share. [2001, c. 57, §2 (AMD).]

1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 1983, c. 441, §3 (AMD). 1983, c. 480, §A14 (AMD). 1985, c. 506, §A19 (RPR). 2001, c. 57, §2 (AMD).