(A) Exempt Estates. An estate having an appraised value which does not exceed three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500) and which is to be inherited, through the rules of intestacy or by devise or bequeath, by a surviving spouse and/or minor children of the deceased shall be exempt from the claims of all general creditors and the probate thereof may be summarily concluded as provided in this section.
(B) Notice of Hearing to Determine Whether the Estate Is an Exempt Estate. Upon petition of the personal representative, the Court shall enter an order stating that it appears, from the inventory and appraisal filed with the Court, that the appraised value of the whole estate does not exceed three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500) and that such estate is to be inherited by the surviving spouse and/or minor children of the decedent and shall set a date and hour for hearing objections of any interested persons, if any, why the whole estate should not be declared to be exempt from the claims of all general creditors and distributed to the surviving spouse and/or minor children of the decedent. Notice of such hearing shall be given by posting a true copy of such order in the offices of the Karuk Tribe, and by sending a true copy of such order by certified mail to all persons known to the personal representative to be an heir, devisee or legatee of the decedent. Such notice shall be posted or mailed not less than ten (10) days before the time set for such hearing. On or before the time set for such hearing, the personal representative shall file his affidavit with the Court indicating compliance with this requirement of giving notice.
(C) Hearing to Determine Whether the Estate Is an Exempt Estate. If, upon such hearing, the Court finds that such estate is an exempt estate, the Court shall enter an order directing the personal representative to distribute such estate to the surviving spouse and/or the minor children of the deceased as set forth in the order and provide that no further proceedings are necessary and that, upon distributing the distributive share or shares of such estate to those entitled to them and filing receipts with the Court, the estate shall be closed, and the personal representative discharged.