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Are you referring to the creditor claims period for the estate?
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As for spending the funds from the estate, if all debts have been paid, inventory filed, and an accounting has been filed with the Commissioner of Accounts, then you can ask for permission from the Commissioner to begin disbursing assets if at least 6 months has expired from the time that you were appointed.
After the request has been made and a debts and demands hearing has been held with no creditors unpaid a report will be issued by the clerk. Once it has been confirmed and at least six (6) months have elapsed since qualification, the personal representative may file a motion for the entry of a show cause order by which interested parties must appear before the court to show any reason why the court should not allow the distribution of the estate. If the court grants the motion, a date for the show cause hearing is scheduled and the show cause order is published once a week for two consecutive weeks in one or more newspapers.
At the show cause hearing, the court decides whether or not the assets should be distributed. Once the order of distribution has been entered, the personal representative is protected from claims arising at a later date as long as he or she distributes the assets in accordance with the court order
But no, you can't spend the estate assets on non-estate debts unless you get permission from the Commissioner to begin disbursing assets.