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59-6a206. Decedent's nonprobate transfers to the surviving spouse. Excluding property passing to the surviving spouse under the federal social security system, the value of the augmented estate includes the value of the decedent's nonprobate transfers to the decedent's surviving spouse, which consists of all property that passed outside probate at the decedent's death from the decedent to the surviving spouse by reason of the decedent's death, including:

(a) The decedent's fractional interest in property held as a joint tenant with the right of survivorship, to the extent that the decedent's fractional interest passed to the surviving spouse as surviving joint tenant;

(b) the decedent's ownership interest in property or accounts held in coownership registration with the right of survivorship, to the extent the decedent's ownership interest passed to the surviving spouse as surviving coowner; and

(c) all other property that would have been included in the augmented estate under subsections (a) or (b) of K.S.A. 59-6a205 had it passed to or for the benefit of a person other than the decedent's spouse, surviving spouse, the decedent, or the decedent's creditors, estate, or estate creditors.

History: L. 1994, ch. 132, ยง 6; January 1, 1995.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"New Spousal Elective-Share Rights: Leveling the Playing Field," Timothy P. O'Sullivan and Joan M. Bowen, 65 J.K.B.A. No. 2, 18, 22 (1996).


1. Portion of decedant's railroad retirement benefits which do not correspond to social security benefits should be included in augmented estate. In re Estate of Antonopoulos, 268 K. 178, 191, 993 P.2d 637 (1999).

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