Full Statute Name:  District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition. Division III. Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations. Title 19. Descent, Distribution, and Trusts. Chapter 13. Uniform Trust Code. Subchapter IV. Creation, Validity, Modification, and Termination of Trust. § 19-1304.08. Trust for care of animal.

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Primary Citation:  DC CODE § 19-1304.08 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  November, 2014 Alternate Citation:  DC ST § 19-1304.08 Date Adopted:  2004
Summary:

This statute represents the District of Columbia's pet trust law.  The law provides that a trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.

Statute Text: 

(a) A trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. The trust terminates upon the death of the animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, upon the death of the last surviving animal.

(b) A trust authorized by this section may be enforced by a person appointed in the terms of the trust or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the court. A person having an interest in the welfare of the animal may request the court to appoint a person to enforce the trust or to remove a person appointed.

(c) Property of a trust authorized by this section may be applied only to its intended use, except to the extent the court determines that the value of the trust property exceeds the amount required for the intended use. Except as otherwise provided in the terms of the trust, property not required for the intended use must be distributed to the settlor, if then living, otherwise to the settlor's successors in interest.

CREDIT(S)

(Mar. 10, 2004, D.C. Law 15-104, § 2(b), 51 DCR 208.)

Uniform Law

This section is based upon § 408 of the Uniform Trust Code. See 7C, Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or ULA Database on Westlaw.

 

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