WVC 44 - 3 A- 27
§44-3A-27. Creditors to be paid in order of classification;
when classes paid ratably.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section nineteen of this
article, no payment shall be made to creditors of any one class
until all those of the preceding class or classes shall be fully
paid; and when the assets are not sufficient to pay all the
creditors of any one class, the creditors of such class shall be
paid ratably; but a personal representative who, after twelve
months from his qualification, pays a debt of his decedent, shall
not thereby be personally liable for any debt or demand against
the decedent of equal or superior dignity, whether it be or
record or not, unless before such payment he shall have notice of
such debt or demand by action, suit of presentation thereof to
the commissioner of accounts within the time allowed by law.