UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
PROBATE OF WILLS AND ADMINISTRATION
FORMAL TESTACY AND APPOINTMENT PROCEEDINGS
15-3-414. Formal proceedings concerning appointment of personal representative. (a) A formal proceeding for adjudication regarding the priority or qualification of one who is an applicant for appointment as personal representative, or of one who previously has been appointed personal representative in informal proceedings, if an issue concerning the testacy of the decedent is or may be involved, is governed by section 15-3-402 of this Part, as well as by this section. In other cases, the petition shall contain or adopt the statements required by subsection (a) of section 15-3-301 of this code and describe the question relating to priority or qualification of the personal representative which is to be resolved. If the proceeding precedes any appointment of a personal representative, it shall stay any pending informal appointment proceedings as well as any commenced thereafter. If the proceeding is commenced after appointment, the previously appointed personal representative, after receipt of notice thereof, shall refrain from exercising any power of administration except as necessary to preserve the estate or unless the court orders otherwise.
(b) After notice to interested persons, including all persons interested in the administration of the estate as successors under the applicable assumption concerning testacy, any previously appointed personal representative and any person having or claiming priority for appointment as personal representative, the court shall determine who is entitled to appointment under section 15-3-203 of this code, make a proper appointment and, if appropriate, terminate any prior appointment found to have been improper as provided in cases of removal under section 15-3-611 of this code.
[I.C., sec. 15-3-414, as added by 1971, ch. 111, sec. 1, p. 233.]