2020 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 54. Guardianships and conservatorships.
54.93 Securities ownership by incompetents and spendthrifts.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 54.93 (2020)

54.93 Securities ownership by incompetents and spendthrifts.

(1) Definitions.

(a) All definitions in s. 54.92 (1) (a) to (e) and (g) shall apply in this section, unless the context otherwise requires.

(b) In this section, “ 3rd party" means a person other than a bank, broker, transfer agent or issuer who with respect to a security held by an incompetent or spendthrift effects a transaction otherwise than directly with the incompetent or spendthrift.

(2) Security transactions involving incompetent or spendthrift; liability. A bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent incurs no liability by reason of his or her treating an incompetent or spendthrift as having capacity to transfer a security, to receive or to empower others to receive dividends, interest, principal, or other payments or distributions, to vote or give consent in person or by proxy, or to make elections or exercise rights relating to the security, unless prior to acting in the transaction the bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent had received written notice in the office acting in the transaction that the specific security is held by a person who has been adjudicated an incompetent or a spendthrift or unless an individual conducting the transaction for the bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent had actual knowledge that the holder of the security is a person who has been adjudicated an incompetent or a spendthrift, or actual knowledge of filing of lis pendens as provided in s. 54.47. Except as otherwise provided in this section, such a bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent may assume without inquiry that the holder of a security is not an incompetent or spendthrift.

(3) Acts not subject to disaffirmance or avoidance. An incompetent or spendthrift, who has transferred a security, received or empowered others to receive dividends, interest, principal, or other payments or distributions, voted or given consent in person or by proxy, or made an election or exercised rights relating to the security, has no right thereafter, as against a bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent to disaffirm or avoid the transaction, unless prior to acting in the transaction the bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent against whom the transaction is sought to be disaffirmed or avoided had received notice in the office acting in the transaction that the specific security is held by a person who has been adjudicated an incompetent or a spendthrift or unless an individual conducting the transaction for the bank, broker, issuer, 3rd party, or transfer agent had actual knowledge that the holder is a person who has been adjudicated an incompetent or a spendthrift, or actual knowledge of filing of lis pendens as provided in s. 54.47.

(4) Interpretation. This section shall supersede any provision of law in conflict therewith.

History: 1971 c. 41 ss. 8, 12; Stats. 1971 s. 880.76; 1993 a. 486; 1999 a. 185; 2005 a. 253; 2005 a. 387 s. 552; Stats. 2005 s. 54.93; 2007 a. 45.

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