SB 198-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 198-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Rep. Vose, Rock. 9
This bill requires the clerk of the applicable circuit court to publish probate court notices on the judicial branch website or by other electronic media. The clerk may also cause such notice to be published in a newspaper in the town or city in which the person whose estate is involved last resided.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
550:10 Publication of Notice in Newspaper or Electronic Media.
I. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever notice is required to be published by the probate court, the clerk of the applicable circuit court established in RSA 490-F shall cause such notice to be made available to the public on the New Hampshire judicial branch website or by other electronic media for no less than 2 weeks beginning no later than 2 weeks before the day or thing of which notice is given, unless otherwise ordered by the judge.
II. The clerk may cause such notice to be published in a newspaper which circulates in the town or city in which the person whose estate is involved last resided, or in the county whose court has jurisdiction, or otherwise as ordered by the judge. If published in a newspaper, the first such publication shall be at least 2 weeks before the day or thing of which notice is given, and the second publication shall be at least 7 days before the day or thing of which notice is given, unless otherwise ordered by the judge.
III. Notice shall be published in English, and may be published in a language other than English, if ordered by the judge.
IV. The clerk may publish in one notice the necessary information pertaining to more than one estate, provided, however, that each separate subject matter such as the appointment of a fiduciary, a hearing on an account, a hearing on a license to sell real estate, or any other designated subject matter shall have a specific designation within each such notice.
V. Prior to such publication, the fiduciary of the estate concerned shall advance and pay to the clerk the cost of such publication as determined by the clerk, and a fee to the clerk as established by the supreme court under RSA 490:27. The fiduciary shall be allowed said sums so paid to the clerk in the account.
SB 198-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill requires the electronic publication of notices required to be published by the probate division of the circuit court. The Judicial Branch estimates this bill will save an average of one hour per week per court in dealing with publication issues. The following table estimates the annual potential cost savings resulting from this bill:
Number of Circuit Courts
Hours Saved Per Year
(52 weeks in a year)
Hourly Clerical Cost
Estimated Annual Savings
Note: * The effective date of the bill is January 1, 2018, which is halfway through FY 2018.
|Feb. 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|March 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 19, 2017||Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 5|
|Feb. 7, 2017||Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 100, SH, 09:20 am; SC 9|
|March 16, 2017||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/16/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 14|
|March 16, 2017||Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/16/2017; SJ 9|