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59-2220. Petition for probate of will. A petition for the probate of a will, in addition to the requirements of a petition for administration, shall state: (a) The names, ages, residences and addresses of the devisees and legatees so far as known or can with reasonable diligence be ascertained; (b) the name, residence, and address of the person, if any, named as executor; and (c) the name and address of the scrivener of the will, if known or ascertainable with due diligence. The will shall accompany the petition if it can be produced. The petition may also state whether a surviving spouse has executed a consent to the will, in which event the consent shall accompany the petition if the consent can be produced. A petition for the probate of a lost or destroyed will shall contain a statement of the provisions of the will.

History: L. 1939, ch. 180, § 196; L. 1972, ch. 215, § 22; L. 1981, ch. 228, § 1; July 1.

Source or prior law:

22-208, 22-249, 22-301.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Contents of petition, see 59-2202, 59-2219.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"A Practical Review of the 1975 Kansas Probate Code Revisions," Philip S. Frick, 44 J.B.A.K. 137, 181 (1975).

"Will Contests in Kansas," Dennis M. Feeney & Jeffery L. Carmichael, 64 J.K.B.A. No. 7, 22, 23 (1995).

Attorney General's Opinions:

Transfer of motor vehicle title of decedent; creditors' claims. 87-55.


1. Cited; order admitting will to probate not prima facie evidence of validity. In re Estate of Wallace, 158 K. 633, 637, 149 P.2d 595.

2. Fact petition to probate will did not state names of heirs mentioned. In re Estate of Randall, 167 K. 62, 63, 204 P.2d 699.

3. Questions justiciable in a proceeding to probate will determined; validity of postnuptial agreement cannot be determined. In re Estate of Osborn, 167 K. 656, 662, 208 P.2d 257.

4. Executor qualified and it is his duty to petition for probate of will. In re Estate of Harper, 202 K. 150, 157, 446 P.2d 738.

5. Cited; failure to list all of decedent's heirs in petition will not deprive court of jurisdiction to act. In re Estate of Barnes, 212 K. 502, 506, 513, 512 P.2d 387.

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