When is a Surviving Spouse Required to Make Election to Obtain Elective Share Against the Estate in Tennessee?
A surviving spouse has the ability to obtain an elective share (see prior post describing the details of an elective share under Tennessee law) of a decedent’s property by filing a notice with the court. The surviving spouse is required to file a petition for an elective share within nine months after the date of the death of their spouse. T.C.A. § 31-4-102(a)(1) provides as follows:
(a)(1) The surviving spouse may elect to take the spouse’s elective share in decedent’s property by filing in the court and mailing or delivering to the personal representative, if any, a petition for the elective share within nine (9) months after the date of death.
Additionally, an extension of the 9-month time period is allowed if there is litigation pending about the title of certain property such that an elective share determination could not be made with sufficient information.
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