857.10 History History: 1971 c. 211 s. 126.
857.11 857.11 Ordering personal representative to appear; costs. Whenever the court issues an order directed to the sheriff requiring the personal representative to appear before it, all costs incurred by the court in the proceeding may be charged to the personal representative personally and may be deducted from the fees which the personal representative may receive for the personal representative's services as personal representative.
857.11 History History: 1993 a. 486.
857.13 857.13 Powers of surviving personal representative. Every power exercisable by copersonal representatives may be exercised by the survivors of them when one or more is dead or by the others when less than the number designated in the will are appointed by the court or when an appointment is terminated by order of the court or by resignation accepted by the court unless the power is given in the will and its terms provide otherwise as to the exercise of the power.
857.15 857.15 When personal representative removed, resigns. The judge may accept the written resignation of any personal representative. When a personal representative is adjudicated incompetent, disqualified, unsuitable, incapable of discharging the personal representative's duties, or is a nonresident of this state who has not appointed a resident agent to accept service of process in all actions or proceedings with respect to the estate and caused such appointment to be filed with the court, the court shall remove the personal representative. When any personal representative has failed to perform any duty imposed by law or by any lawful order of the court or has ceased to be a resident of the state, the court may remove the personal representative. When grounds for removal appear to exist, the court on its own motion or on the petition of any person interested shall order the personal representative to appear and show cause why the personal representative should not be removed.
857.15 History History: 1993 a. 486; 2005 a. 387.
857.15 Annotation A personal representative's erroneous assessments of law, reached in good faith, do not establish any basis for removal. DiBenedetto v. Jaskolski, 2003 WI App 70, 261 Wis. 2d 723, 661 N.W.2d 869, 01-2189.
857.17 857.17 Validity of acts of personal representative prior to removal. The resignation, removal or death of a personal representative after letters have been issued to the personal representative do not invalidate the personal representative's official acts performed prior to the resignation, death or removal.
857.17 History History: 1993 a. 486.
857.19 857.19 When will proved after letters issued. When after letters are issued to a personal representative by a court in the estate of a decedent, whether testate or intestate, a will of the decedent is proved and allowed by the court, the powers of the personal representative cease, and the court shall remove the personal representative. All acts of the personal representative before removal are as valid as if the will had not been allowed.
857.19 History History: 1977 c. 449.
857.21 857.21 Appointment of successor personal representative. When a personal representative dies, is removed by the court, or resigns and the resignation is accepted by the court, the court may, and if the personal representative was the sole or last surviving personal representative and administration is not completed, the court shall appoint another personal representative in the personal representative's place.
857.21 History History: 1993 a. 486.
857.23 857.23 Rights and powers of successor personal representative. A successor personal representative has all the rights and powers of his or her predecessor except that the successor may not exercise powers given in a will which by its terms are personal to the personal representative therein designated.
857.23 History History: 1993 a. 486.
857.25 857.25 Continuation of business.
857.25(1)(1)Generally. Upon a proper showing, the court may by order authorize the personal representative to continue any business of the decedent, but the order may not be contrary to the provisions of the decedent's will. The order may be with or without notice. If notice is not given to all interested persons before the order is made, notice of the order shall be given within 5 days after the order. The order may provide:
857.25(1)(a) (a) For the conduct of the business solely by the personal representative or jointly with one or more of the decedent's surviving partners or as a corporation or limited liability company to be formed by the personal representative;
857.25(1)(b) (b) As between the estate and the personal representative, the extent of the liability of the estate and the extent of the liability of the personal representative for obligations incurred in the continuation of the business;
857.25(1)(c) (c) As between distributees, the extent to which liabilities incurred in conduct of the business are to be chargeable solely to a part of the estate set aside for use in the business or to the estate as a whole; and
857.25(1)(d) (d) As to the period of time for which the business may be conducted and such other conditions, restrictions, regulations, requirements and authorizations as the court orders.
857.25(2) (2)Rights of creditors. Nothing contained in this section affects the rights of creditors against the estate or the personal representative. Expenses incurred in the operation of a business, other than those incurred to wind up and dispose of a business, are not considered costs and expenses of administration for the purpose of determining priority of payment under s. 859.25 and are subordinate to all claims and allowances listed in s. 859.25.
857.25 History History: 1993 a. 112.
857.27 857.27 Personal representatives or trustees may form corporation or limited liability company. The court may by order authorize the personal representatives or trustees of the estate of a decedent or one or more of the personal representatives or trustees to organize a corporation or limited liability company for any of the purposes authorized by ch. 180, 181 or 183 and to subscribe for shares of the corporation or interests in the limited liability company and convey estate property to the corporation or limited liability company in payment for the shares or interests subscribed.
857.27 History History: 1993 a. 112.
857.29 857.29 Personal representative may plat land. The court may by order authorize the personal representative to plat land which is a part of the estate, either alone or together with other owners of the real estate. The personal representative must comply with the same statutes, ordinances and rules which apply to a person who is platting the person's own land.
857.29 History History: 1993 a. 486.
857.31 857.31 Immunity of personal representative. A personal representative incurs no liability to any person as a result of any of the following:
857.31(1) (1)Giving notice to any potential claimant against the estate that proceedings to administer the estate are pending, the court in which the proceedings are pending and the deadline for filing a claim against the estate under s. 859.01 or 859.48.
857.31(2) (2)Not giving notice to any potential claimant against the estate that proceedings to administer the estate are pending, the court in which the proceedings are pending or the deadline for filing claims against the estate under s. 859.01 or 859.48, even if the personal representative knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known, of the existence of the potential claim.
857.31(3) (3)Not informing distributees of their potential liability for claims not barred because of the operation of s. 859.02 (2) (b).
857.31 History History: 1989 a. 96.
857.35 857.35 Notification of spouse. If a personal representative who is not a surviving spouse becomes aware that any beneficiary other than the surviving spouse is designated to receive more than 50 percent of the proceeds of any life insurance policy or deferred employment benefit plan, the personal representative shall give the surviving spouse written information sufficient to identify the policy or plan and any beneficiary thereof. A surviving spouse may recover life insurance proceeds and deferred employment benefits under s. 766.70 (6).
857.35 History History: 1983 a. 186; 1985 a. 37 s. 187.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)