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Protection of persons assisting with fiduciary

3B:14-37 Protection of persons assisting with fiduciary

3B:14-37 Protection of persons assisting or dealing with fiduciary.

a. A person other than a beneficiary who in good faith either assists a fiduciary or deals with him for value is protected as if the fiduciary properly exercised his power.

b. The fact that a person knowingly deals with a fiduciary does not alone require the person to inquire into the existence of a power or the propriety of its exercise.

c. Except as to real property specifically devised by will, no provision in any will, trust or order of court purporting to limit the power of a fiduciary is effective except as to persons with actual knowledge thereof.

d. A person who in good faith pays, transfers or delivers to a fiduciary money or other property is not responsible for the proper application thereof by the fiduciary; and any right or title acquired from the fiduciary in consideration of the payment, transfer or delivery is not invalid in consequence of a misapplication by the fiduciary.

e. A person other than a beneficiary who in good faith assists a former trustee, or who in good faith and for value deals with a former trustee, without knowledge that the trusteeship has terminated is protected from liability as if the former trustee were still a trustee.

f. The protection here expressed extends to instances in which some procedural irregularity or jurisdictional defect occurred in proceedings leading to the issuance of letters, including a case in which the alleged decedent is found to be alive.

g. The protection here expressed is in addition to that provided by comparable provisions of the laws relating to commercial transactions and laws simplifying transfers of securities by fiduciaries. 

Voidable sales, encumbrances or transactions; ex

Liability of fiduciary for improper exercise

Liability of fiduciary for improper exercise

3B:14-35 Liability of fiduciary for improper exercise

3B:14-35 Liability of fiduciary for improper exercise of power concerning estate

If the exercise of power concerning the estate is improper, the fiduciary is liable to interested persons for damage or loss resulting from breach of his fiduciary duty to the same extent as a trustee of an express trust. The rights of purchasers and others dealing with a fiduciary shall be determined as provided in N.J.S. 3B:14-28 and N.J.S. 3B:14-29.

Asserting claims against estate

Personal liability for obligations arising

Personal liability of fiduciary on contracts

Powers and duties of substituted fiduciary

When payment or delivery may not be made

3B:14-27. When payment or delivery may not be made

3B:14-27. When payment or delivery may not be made
Payment or delivery under N.J.S. 3B:14-25 may not be made if a resident creditor of the estate has notified the debtor or the person having possession of the personal property that the debt should not be paid nor the property delivered to the domiciliary foreign fiduciary.

L.1981, c. 405, s. 3B:14-27, eff. May 1, 1982.
3B:14-28. Filing proof of domiciliary foreign fiduciarys authorityIf letters have not issued in this State or an action therefor is not pending in this State, a domiciliary foreign fiduciary or any other person may file in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court, or if the decedent, ward, or trust has an interest in real estate in any county of this State, then either in that office or in the office of the surrogate of that county, authenticated copies of the letters of appointment of the fiduciary and of any official bond he has given.

L.1981, c. 405, s. 3B:14-28, eff. May 1, 1982.
3B:14-29. Exercise of powers by domiciliary foreign fiduciary; security for costsUpon compliance with N.J.S. 3B:14-28, a domiciliary foreign fiduciary may exercise as to assets in this State all powers he would have had if he had received letters or been appointed in this State, including the power to release and discharge real or personal estate from a mortgage, judgment or other lien or encumbrance held by his decedent, ward or trust. Whether N.J.S. 3B:14-28 is complied with prior to, pending, or subsequent to the action, a domiciliary foreign fiduciary may maintain, or be made a party defendant or otherwise, to any action in any court of this State as if letters had been granted to him in this State, subject to any conditions generally imposed upon nonresident parties. Security for costs may be required of him.

L.1981, c. 405, s. 3B:14-29, eff. May 1, 1982.
3B:14-30. Termination of domiciliary foreign fiduciarys powers; protection of third persons; exercise of powers binding on local fiduciary
The power of a domiciliary foreign fiduciary under N.J.S. 3B:14-28 or N.J.S. 3B:14-29 shall be exercised only if letters have not been issued or an action therefor is not pending in this State. The issuance of local letters or an action therefor terminates the power of the domiciliary foreign fiduciary to act under N.J.S. 3B:14-29, but a court in this State may allow the domiciliary foreign fiduciary to exercise limited powers to preserve the estate. No person who, before receiving actual notice of local letters or an action therefor, has changed his position in reliance upon the powers of the domiciliary foreign fiduciary, shall be prejudiced by reason of the action for, or issuance of, local letters. The local fiduciary is subject to all duties and obligations which have accrued by virtue of the exercise of the powers by the domiciliary foreign fiduciary and may be substituted for him in any action in this State.

Release upon payment or delivery in good faith