1965/66/67 session laws – Ch.99 Sec.1


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Chapter 36 of the General Statutes is hereby amended by adding a new Section, immediately following 36-18.1, to be designated 36-18.2 and to read as follows: 36-18.2. Trustee May Renounce. (a) Any person or corporation named as trustee in any will admitted to probate in this State, or any substitute trustee, may, at any time prior to qualifying as required by G. S. 28-53 or taking any action as trustee if such qualification is not required, and whether or not such person or corporation is entitled to so qualify or act, renounce such trusteeship by a writing filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county in which the will is admitted to probate. Upon receipt of such renunciation the clerk shall give notice thereof to all persons interested in the trust, including successor or substitute trustees named in the will, which notice shall also comply with the requirements of subsection (e) of this Section. (b) If the will names or identifies a substitute trustee in case of renunciation, the provisions of the will shall be complied with, and the clerk shall enter an appropriate order appointing the substitute trustee in accordance therewith unless the substitute trustee also renounces. A substitute trustee so named shall succeed to the office of trustee upon the date of the order of appointment by the clerk unless the will provides otherwise. (e) If the will does not name or identify a substitute trustee in case of renunciation, and it appears that a substitute trustee should be ap- 131 pointed, the clerk shall appoint some fit and suitable person or corporation as substitute trustee. If the will does not name or identify a substitute trustee, but contains provisions regarding the selection of a substitute trustee, such provisions shall be complied with unless the clerk determines that such provisions would result in the selection of an unfit or unsuitable trustee. A substitute trustee so appointed shall succeed to the office of trustee upon the date of the order of appointment unless the will provides otherwise. (d) A substitute trustee shall, upon succeeding to the office of trustee, unless the will provides otherwise, have such powers and duties and be vested with the title to the property included in the trust, as if the substitute trustee had been originally named in the will. (e) Each notice required by this Section shall be written notice, and shall identify the proceeding and apprise the person to be notified of the nature of the action to be taken. Service of such notice may be in the same manner as is provided for service of notice in civil actions, or by mailing the notice to the person to be notified at his last known address. Service of the notice must be completed not less than ten days prior to the date the hearing is held or the action is taken. Service by mail shall be complete upon deposit of the notice enclosed in a postpaid, properly addressed wrapper in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office Department. (f) The Clerk of Superior Court shall docket, record, and index all proceedings pursuant to this Section in the same manner as special proceedings, and shall also enter with the recorded will a notation that the trustee has renounced and a reference to the book and page number, file, or other place where the record may be found.

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