What are the rights of creditors in a South Dakota probate proceeding?

In South Dakota, a creditor of the decedent must be paid from the assets of the estate before there is any distribution of the estate property to the heirs and beneficiaries.  Determining the validity of debts and payment of those debts is usually done during the probate proceedings.  If there is money owed to the estate, these funds are usually collected during the probate proceedings.