OF THE SETTLEMENT OF PERSONAL ESTATES.
AN ACT relating to the payment in certain cases of Money due deceased Persons.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:
Section 1. That hereafter it shall be lawful for any employer in this State, at any time not less than fifteen days after the death of any person in his or its employ, to pay all wages due to such deceased employe to the wife, children, father, or mother, sister or brother (preference being given in the order named) of the deceased employe, without requiring letters of administration to be issued upon the estate of said deceased employe, where such wages due do not exceed seventy-five dollars in amount. Provided, however,
that if such deceased employe shall not leave a wife, children, father, mother, sister or brother surviving him, then it shall be lawful for said employer to pay the wages due such deceased employe to the creditors, as follows: Undertaker, physician, boarding-house keeper, and nurse, each his or her pro rata share of wages, not exceeding seventy-five dollars, due the deceased, upon affidavit of fact furnished, without letters of administration being issued.
The payment of such wages shall be a full discharge and release to the employer from the wages so due and paid.
Section 2. That hereafter it shall be lawful for any Bank or individual banker, Trust Company, Savings Bank or Savings Society in this State having on deposit to the individual credit of any deceased person, a sum of money not exceeding seventy-five dollars to pay at any time not less than fifteen days after the death of such person such sum of money so on deposit to the wife, children, father, sister or brother (preference being given in the order named) of such deceased person, without requiring letters of administration to be issued upon the estate of such deceased person. The payment of such sum of money, in accordance with the above provisions, shall be a full discharge and release to such Bank, Trust Company or Savings Bank for the amount of the deposit so paid.
Section 3. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.
Approved March 28, A. D. 1911.