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Regular Session 1989-1990
Senate Bill 775

Short Title:
An Act amending Titles 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) and 72 (Taxation and Fiscal Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, reducing the time for advertisement of accounts to two weeks; adding a section providing that documents submitted to the register of wills, except for probate, may be attested to by an affidavit or by a verified statement; broadening the class of property deemed disclaimed when a spouse takes an elective share; avoiding automatic modification of wills and inter vivos conveyances that are made in contemplation of a marriage or divorce; adding a rule of interpretation for wills and conveyances regarding corporate fiduciaries; confirming existing law that a gift to any unfunded trust is valid; adding a chapter relating to contracts concerning succession; authorizing personal representatives to make certain temporary investments; allowing fiduciaries to hold certain securities in book-entry form; further providing for notice to parties in interest; further providing for rights of claimants; authorizing the guardian of the estate of a minor to distribute certain income without court approval; adding the Pennsylvania Uniform Transfers to Minors Act; adding provisions relating to guardians of incapacitated persons; clarifying the jurisdiction of the court to appoint certain temporary guardians; authorizing the court to exercise all rights and privileges under certain contracts which provide for payments to an incompetent or others after the incompetent's death; authorizing the court to modify the estate plan of an incompetent to reflect changes in applicable tax laws; permitting certain powers of attorney to be executed by mark; ensuring the validity of durable powers of attorney; authorizing the court to allow a shorter period of notice to an absentee; providing that as a matter of law divorce revokes any revocable beneficiary designation made in favor of the former spouse; further providing for the annexation of accounts; further authorizing the court to divide trusts; further authorizing the court to grant declaratory relief with respect to certain interests in real property; exempting spousal transfers from inheritance taxation; providing for the taxation of certain spousal trusts; adding conforming amendments to Titles 13, 18, 23 and 42; amending Title 72 to exempt spousal transfers from inheritance taxation; and making technical changes.
Prime Sponsor:
Last Action:
Bill, together with Governor's Veto Message, laid on the table, Nov. 12, 1990
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