|Posted:||February 25, 2016 12:53 PM|
|From:||Representative Mark Longietti|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Estate Code Legislation|
|I invite your co-sponsorship of legislation amending the Estate Code to increase from $5,000 to $10,000 the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for the decedent’s final paycheck, which includes wages, salary and benefits due. This amount has not been increased for over 21 years resulting in many cases where a final paycheck, which can include a payout for accrued vacation and sick time, exceeds $5,000, even for middle-income workers.
When the current $5,000 limit is exceeded, the surviving relative must initiate formal estate proceedings with the county Register of Wills and the Court of Common Pleas. This results in a delay in receiving needed funds and a significant cost. By way of reference, current law allows a bank account withdrawal of up to $10,000 by the surviving relative. I believe that the amount for the final paycheck to the surviving spouse should also be increased to $10,000 and I hope that you agree and will co-sponsor this legislation. A copy of the proposed legislation is attached.
Introduced as HB1974