2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 46 - Property
Section 46:38-27 - Custodian; Powers, Duties
46:38-27. Custodian; powers, duties
15. (a) The custodian shall collect, hold, manage, invest and reinvest the custodial property.
(b) The custodian shall pay over to the minor for expenditure by him, or expend on behalf of the minor, so much of or all the custodial property as the custodian deems advisable for the support, maintenance, education, general use and benefit of the minor in the manner, at the time or times, and to the extent that the custodian in his absolute discretion deems suitable and proper, with or without court order, with or without regard to the duty or ability of himself or of any other person to support the minor, and with or without regard to any other funds, income or property of the minor which may be available for any such purpose.
(c) The court, on the application of a parent or guardian of the minor, or on the application of the minor if he has attained the age of 14 years, may order the custodian to pay over to the minor for expenditure by him, or to expend on behalf of the minor, so much of or all the custodial property as is necessary for the minor's support, maintenance, education, general use and benefit.
(d) To the extent that the custodial property is not so expended, the custodian shall deliver or pay it over to the minor when he attains 21 years of age or, if the minor dies before attaining 21 years of age, the custodian shall thereupon deliver or pay it over to the estate of the minor. The donor at the time the gift is made may expressly direct that the custodianship be terminated and the custodial property be paid over and transferred to the minor at any time after the minor attains the age of 18 years.
(e) The custodian, in investing and reinvesting the custodial property, shall act as would a prudent man of discretion and intelligence who is seeking a reasonable income and the preservation of his capital, except that he may, in his discretion and without liability to the minor or his estate, retain a security given to the minor in a manner prescribed in this act or hold money so given in an account in the bank to which it was paid or delivered by the donor.
(f) (Deleted by amendment.)
(g) The custodian may sell, exchange, convert or otherwise dispose of custodial property in the manner, at the time or times, for the price or prices and upon the terms he deems advisable. He may vote a security which is custodial property in person or by general or limited proxy. He may consent, directly or through a committee or other agent, to the reorganization, consolidation, merger, dissolution or liquidation of an issuer of a security which is custodial property, and to the sale, lease, pledge or mortgage of any property by or to such an issuer, and to any other action by such an issuer. He may execute and deliver written instruments which he deems advisable to carry out any of his powers as custodian.
(h) The custodian shall keep all custodial property separate and distinct from his own property in such a manner as to identify it clearly as custodial property. He shall register each security which is custodial property and in registered form in his name, or in the name of a trust company, followed by substantially the following language: "as custodian for ............................... (name of minor) under the New Jersey Uniform Gifts to Minors Act." He shall hold all money which is custodial property in an account with a broker or in a bank in his name followed by substantially the following language: "as custodian for .......................... (name of minor) under the New Jersey Uniform Gifts to Minors Act."
(i) The custodian shall keep records of all transactions with respect to the custodial property and make them available for inspection at reasonable intervals by a parent, guardian or legal representative of the minor, or by the minor if he is 14 years of age or more.
(j) In addition to the powers given in this act, a custodian has all the powers with respect to the custodial property which a guardian of the estate would have with respect to property not held as custodial property.
(k) If the subject of the gift is a life insurance or endowment policy or annuity contract, the custodian:
(1) in his capacity as custodian, has all the incidents of ownership in the policy or contract to the same extent as if he were the owner, except that the designated beneficiary of any policy or contract on the life of the minor shall be the minor's estate and the designated beneficiary of any policy or contract on the life of a person other than the minor shall be the custodian as custodian for the minor for whom he is acting; and
(2) may pay premiums on the policy or contract out of the custodial property.
(l) The custodian may, in his discretion, terminate the custodianship at any time after the minor has attained the age of 18 years, but the power shall not be exercised by the custodian prior to a termination age fixed by the donor as provided in subsection (c) of this section.
L.1963,c.177,s.15; amended 1981, c.377, s.13; repealed R.S. 46:38A-57; (effective July 1, 2007); amended 1997, c.33, s.19.
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