Claim Against Decedent's Estate Law and Legal Definition

Claim against decedent's estate is a debt of a pecuniary nature. It is enforced in law or equity against the decedent in his lifetime and is reduced to a simple money judgment. If an administrator allows a claim against decedent's estate, it must be presented to the county judge for his approval. [In re Gooder's Estate, 68 S.D. 415 (S.D. 1942)].