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59-2228. Hearing for probate of lost will. A lost or destroyed will may be established if its provisions are clearly and distinctly proved. When such will is established the provisions thereof shall be distinctly stated, certified by the court, and filed and recorded. Letters shall issue thereon as in the case of other wills.

History: L. 1939, ch. 180, § 204; L. 1976, ch. 245, § 1; July 1.

Source or prior law:

22-249, 22-252, 22-253.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Will Contests in Kansas," Dennis M. Feeney & Jeffery L. Carmichael, 64 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 22, 24 (1995).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Evidence as to burning of will sufficient proof of revocation. In re Estate of Kafka, 180 K. 75, 79, 299 P.2d 77.

2. Evidence reviewed; order denying probate of alleged lost will affirmed. In re Estate of Guest, 182 K. 760, 765, 324 P.2d 184.

3. Mentioned in action upholding family settlement agreement. In re Estate of Thompson, 226 K. 437, 442, 601 P.2d 1105.

4. Common-law presumption of revocation separate from, and not connected with, lost wills statute. In re Estate of Mettee, 10 K.A.2d 184, 187, 694 P.2d 1325 (1985).

5. Cited; where executed copy of will retained by testator but cannot be found after death, rebuttable presumption of revocation arises. In re Estate of Mettee, 237 K. 652, 702 P.2d 1381 (1985).

6. Cited; codicil's existence standing alone as insufficient to overcome presumption of revocation examined. In re Estate of Day, 12 K.A.2d 668, 753 P.2d 1296 (1988).

7. Whether evidence decedent did not intend to revoke lost will rebutted presumption of revocation examined. In re Estate of Kasper, 20 K.A.2d 309, 311, 887 P.2d 702 (1994).


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