Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 16A of chapter 195 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
If an inhabitant of the commonwealth dies leaving an estate consisting entirely of personal property the total value of which may include a motor vehicle of which the decedent was the owner, and other personal property not exceeding five thousand dollars in value, and he leaves a will naming a person to be executor, the named person, if of full age and legal capacity may, after the expiration of thirty days from the death of the decedent, provided no petition for letters testamentary or letters of administration have been filed with the probate court of the county in which the decedent resided, file with said probate court upon a form prescribed by the court a statement, verified by oath, or affirmation containing: (a) the name and residential address of the affiant, (b) the name, residence and date of death of the deceased, (c) the relationship, if any, of the affiant to the deceased, (d) a schedule showing every asset of the estate known to the affiant and the estimated value of each such asset, (e) a statement that the affiant has undertaken to act as voluntary executor of the estate of the deceased and will administer the same according to law, and apply the proceeds thereof in conformity with this section, (f) the names and addresses of surviving joint owners of property with the deceased, known to the affiant, (g) the names and addresses known to the affiant of the persons who would take under the provisions of section three of chapter one hundred and ninety in the case of intestacy, and (h) the names and addresses known to the affiant of the persons who would take under the provisions of the will. The original of the will shall be filed with the above statement and if the executor resides outside the commonwealth he shall appoint a resident agent to represent him within the commonwealth. The oath required by this section shall not be governed by section one A of chapter two hundred and sixty-eight.