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59-6a215. Homestead or homestead allowance. A surviving spouse is entitled to the homestead, or in lieu thereof the surviving spouse may elect to receive a homestead allowance of $50,000. The homestead or homestead allowance is exempt from and has priority over all demands against the estate. The homestead or homestead allowance is in addition to any share passing to the surviving spouse by way of elective share.

History: L. 1994, ch. 132, § 15; L. 1996, ch. 53, § 6; L. 2000, ch. 25, § 2; L. 2008, ch. 14, § 2; July 1.

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, 20 (1996).

"Decedent's Estates: Complicating Kansas's Family Protection Law," JoAnn M. Stone, 38 W.L.J. 1005 (1999).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Cited; homestead allowance upheld even though surviving spouse already owned a home. In re Estate of Lane, 39 K.A.2d 1062, 1070, 1071, 188 P.3d 23 (2008).


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