2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 45: Uniform Probate Code
Article 2A: Uniform Statutory Will Act, 45-2A-1 through 45-2A-17
Section 45-2A-9: Trust if child under specified age.


NM Stat § 45-2A-9 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) What's This?

45-2A-9. Trust if child under specified age.

A. If property is distributable under Section 8 [45-2A-8 NMSA 1978] or Subsection D of Section 7 [45-2A-7 NMSA 1978] of the Uniform Statutory Will Act to a child of the testator who is under the age specified in the will or, if the will does not specify an age, under the age of twenty-three years, all shares distributable to issue of the testator must be held in a trust under this section. In exercising powers under Subsections B and C of this section, primary consideration must be given to the needs of children of the testator who are under the age of twenty-three years or under disability.

B. Until no living child of the testator is under the age determined under Subsection A of this section, the trustee shall pay the income and principal of the trust to or for the benefit or account of one or more of the issue of the testator in amounts the trustee deems advisable for their needs for health, education, support or maintenance. Income not so paid may be added to principal.

C. The trustee at any time in its discretion may distribute to a beneficiary the share, in whole or in part, of the trust to which the distributee would be entitled if the trust then terminated. If the whole of a share has been distributed under this subsection, the trustee thereafter must not make any further distribution of income or principal to that distributee or issue of that distributee.

D. The trust terminates when no living child of the testator is under the age determined under Subsection A of this section or the trustee determines that continuation of the trust is uneconomical.

E. Subject to section 10 [45-2A-10 NMSA 1978] of the Uniform Statutory Will Act and Subsection C of this section, the property in the trust must be distributed upon termination to the issue of the testator in proportion to the shares determined at the death of the surviving spouse under Subsection D of Section 7 of the Uniform Statutory Will Act, or at the death of the testator under Section 8 of that act if there is no surviving spouse. In determining the amount to be distributed to any distributee, the trustee shall charge the share of that distributee with any partial distribution made under Subsection C of this section and may charge, in its discretion, the share of that distributee with distributions under Subsection B of this section to or for the benefit or account of the distributee, or issue or ancestor of the distributee. If any issue whose share is held in trust under this section dies before the complete distribution of the share, the property to which the issue would have been entitled if living must be distributed to the assignees, or, if none, to the estate of the deceased issue.

F. If an issue is serving as trustee, the discretion of the trustee under this section is not exercisable, except as necessary for that individual's needs for health, education, support or maintenance, in favor of that individual, that individual's estate, that individual's creditors or the creditors of that individual's estate.

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