2023 Delaware Code
Title 12 - Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
Chapter 49A. DURABLE PERSONAL POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT
Subchapter II. Authority
§ 49A-217. Gifts.

Universal Citation: 12 DE Code § 49A-217 (2023)
§§ 49A-217. Gifts.

(a) In this section, a gift “for the benefit of” a person includes a gift to a trust, an account or an interest in property held under the Delaware Uniform Transfers to Minors Act [Chapter 45 of this title] or similar statute of any other state or jurisdiction, and a tuition savings account or prepaid tuition plan as defined under Internal Revenue Code § 529, 26 U.S.C. § 529, as amended, or similar plan.

(b) Unless the personal power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a personal power of attorney granting general authority with respect to gifts authorizes the agent only to:

(1) Make outright to, or for the benefit of, a person, a gift of any of the principal's property, including by the exercise of a presently exercisable general power of appointment held by the principal, in an amount per donee not to exceed the annual dollar limits of the federal gift tax exclusion under Internal Revenue Code§ 2503(b), 26 U.S.C. § 2503(b), as amended, without regard to whether the federal gift tax exclusion applies to the gift, or if the principal's spouse agrees to consent to a split gift pursuant to Internal Revenue Code § 2513, 26 U.S.C. § 2513, as amended, in an amount per donee not to exceed twice the annual federal gift tax exclusion limit; and

(2) Consent, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code § 2513, 26 U.S.C. § 2513, as amended, to the splitting of a gift made by the principal's spouse in an amount per donee not to exceed the aggregate annual gift tax exclusions for both spouses.

(c) An agent may make a gift of the principal's property only as the agent determines is consistent with the principal's objectives if actually known by the agent and, if unknown, as the agent determines is consistent with the principal's best interest based on all relevant factors, including:

(1) The value and nature of the principal's property;

(2) The principal's foreseeable obligations and need for maintenance;

(3) Minimization of taxes, including income, estate, inheritance, generation-skipping transfer, and gift taxes;

(4) Eligibility for a benefit, a program, or assistance under a statute or regulation; and

(5) The principal's personal history of making or joining in making gifts.

77 Del. Laws, c. 467, § 4; 
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