2, 1955, and with interest at 6% thereafter.
The Court recognizes that each jurisdiction is empowered to protect its own residents regarding payment of their claims against the estate of a decedent. Local assets may, by statute, be withheld for a reasonable time to permit local creditors to secure payment of their claims in a convenient forum. D.C. Code § 18-501 (1951) provides that upon death of any person not domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of his death, so much of his real and personal estate in the District as may be necessary to pay just claims of creditors and persons domiciled in the District of Columbia, shall be the subject of administration under authority of the probate court, irrespective of the personal estate of decedent in his place of domicile or elsewhere. The rights so afforded are limited by a clause which reads:
'Provided, The prosecution of such claims is begun in said court within six months after the death of such decedent.'
It thus appears that Congress intended for local creditors to have protection for a limited period of time from the inconvenience which attaches to pursuing their claims against a non-resident decedent. When the six months expires, however, even though their claims are not barred, resident creditors no longer are afforded this protection but must go to the decedent's domicile to settle their claims.
The statute facilitates equitable administration of estates. While granting initially to those domiciled in the District, and having just claims against a nonresident decedent, a ready method to assert their rights, it also prevents cumulative administrative costs which deplete an estate after a reasonable time has elapsed in which such rights could have been asserted. This being so, a resident debtor must honor the demands of the domiciliary fiduciary after the expiration of six months when no local creditors have asserted claims within this time. The quasi-lien having terminated, decedent's estate should not be depleted in any way by being subjected to the additional costs attendant upon separate administration and/or the posting of security.
The Court being satisfied that plaintiff need not secure ancillary letters of administration in the District of Columbia, it is this 17th day of February, 1956,
Ordered that plaintiff's motion for summary judgment be and the same hereby is granted.
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