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  404.560.  Termination of custodianship, demand of or at death of beneficiary — TOD agreement with personal custodian absent a will, payment of claims, distribution. — 1.  To the extent that the custodial property has not been expended, the personal custodian shall deliver the custodial property in an appropriate manner, free of the custodianship, as follows:

  (1)  To an adult beneficiary on demand, if the beneficiary at the time is not incapacitated; or

  (2)  On the beneficiary's death, to the beneficiary's estate, unless the beneficiary has made provision for a distribution under subsection 2 of this section.

  2.  A beneficiary competent to execute a will may enter into a written agreement with the personal custodian in which the personal custodian is directed and authorized on death of the beneficiary to:

  (1)  Settle the affairs of the personal custodianship and pay all expenses incurred by the custodianship before the beneficiary's death and in connection with settling the affairs of the custodianship and distributing the custodial property at death;

  (2)  Pay any debts or taxes that were owing by the beneficiary before death and any debts, taxes and expense owing as a result of the beneficiary's death and distribution of the custodial property at death, including the expense of the beneficiary's last illness, funeral and the cost of a grave marker; and

  (3)  Transfer and distribute the custodial property remaining in accordance with a written beneficiary designation or transfer on death direction that has been delivered to the personal custodian and that has been signed by the beneficiary, dated and acknowledged or proved and certified in the manner prescribed by law for conveyances of real estate.

  3.  A beneficiary's written agreement with the personal custodian and any beneficiary designation or transfer on death direction executed pursuant to subsection 2 of this section remains revocable during the beneficiary's lifetime unless expressly made irrevocable at the time executed or subsequently, and may not be made or revoked for the beneficiary by an attorney in fact or legal representative unless approved by court order.

  4.  A personal custodian closing a beneficiary's custodial estate by making a distribution of property under subsection 2 of this section shall give the beneficiary's spouse, children and heirs at law thirty days' advance written notice of the distribution to be made; and shall file for record in the probate division of the circuit court within thirty days of making distribution, a notice setting forth the names and addresses of the deceased beneficiary, the personal custodian and each person that received a distribution of custodial property.

  5.  If the personal custodian does not deliver the custodial property in accordance with subsection 1 or 2 of this section, a beneficiary who is not incapacitated, a person entitled to the custodial property or the beneficiary's personal representative may petition the court to declare the personal custodianship terminated and to order delivery of the custodial property free of the custodianship to the beneficiary, the persons entitled thereto or the beneficiary's estate.

  6.  To the extent the custodial property is real property, a conveyance and delivery of the real property by a nonincapacitated beneficiary, by the persons entitled thereto or by the beneficiary's personal representative, shall terminate the personal custodian's powers, duties and rights with respect to the real property.


(L. 1986 S.B. 651 § 6 subsec. 5 subdivs. (1) to (6), A.L. 1989 H.B. 145, A.L. 1993 S.B. 277)

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