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Sec. 34.77.100. Community property trust.

(a) An arrangement is a community property trust if one or both spouses transfer property to a trust, the trust expressly declares that some or all the property transferred is community property under this chapter, and at least one trustee is a qualified person whose powers include or are limited to maintaining records for the trust on an exclusive or a nonexclusive basis and preparing or arranging for the preparation of, on an exclusive or a nonexclusive basis, any income tax returns that must be filed by the trust. A community property trust is enforceable without consideration. Both spouses or either spouse may be a trustee. The trust must be signed by both spouses. In this subsection, "qualified person" means

(1) an individual

(A) who, except for brief intervals, military service, attendance at an educational or training institution, or absences for good cause shown, resides in this state;

(B) whose true and permanent home is in this state;

(C) who does not have a present intention of moving from this state; and

(D) who intends to return to this state when away;

(2) a trust company that is organized under AS 06.26 and that has its principal place of business in this state; or

(3) a bank that is organized under AS 06.05 or a national banking association that is organized under 12 U.S.C. 21 - 216d if the bank or national banking association possesses and exercises trust powers and has its principal place of business in this state.

(b) A community property trust must contain the following language in capital letters at the beginning of the trust:

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS TRUST MAY BE VERY EXTENSIVE, INCLUDING,

BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CREDITORS AND OTHER

THIRD PARTIES, AND YOUR RIGHTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE BOTH DURING THE COURSE

OF YOUR MARRIAGE AND AT THE TIME OF A DIVORCE. ACCORDINGLY, THIS

AGREEMENT SHOULD ONLY BE SIGNED AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION. IF YOU

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS AGREEMENT, YOU SHOULD SEEK COMPETENT

ADVICE.

(c) A community property trust may not adversely affect the right of a child to support.

(d) Except as provided in AS 34.77.010 , 34.77.070(h), 34.77.080(b), and in (c) of this section, in a community property trust spouses may agree on

(1) the rights and obligations in the property transferred to the trust, notwithstanding when and where the property is acquired or located;

(2) the management and control of the property transferred to the trust;

(3) the disposition of the property transferred to the trust on dissolution, death, or the occurrence or nonoccurrence of another event;

(4) the choice of law governing the interpretation of the trust; and

(5) any other matter that affects the property transferred to the trust and does not violate public policy or a statute imposing a criminal penalty.

(e) A community property trust may not be amended or revoked unless the agreement itself provides for amendment or revocation, or unless the agreement is amended or revoked by a later community property trust. To amend or revoke the trust, the later community property trust is not required to declare any property held by the trustee as community property. The amended trust or the revocation is enforceable without consideration. However, notwithstanding the other provisions of this subsection, unless the community property trust expressly provides otherwise, at any time after the death of the first spouse the surviving spouse may amend the community property trust with regard to the surviving spouse's property to be disposed of at the surviving spouse's death. In this subsection, "surviving spouse's property" means the property that consists of the surviving spouse's separate property and the surviving spouse's share of the community property determined as of the date of the first spouse's death.

(f) A community property trust executed during marriage is not enforceable if the spouse against whom enforcement is sought proves that

(1) trust was unconscionable when made; or

(2) the spouse against whom enforcement is sought did not execute the community property trust agreement voluntarily; or

(3) before execution of the community property trust agreement, the spouse against whom enforcement is sought

(A) was not given a fair and reasonable disclosure of the property and financial obligations of the other spouse;

(B) did not voluntarily sign a written waiver expressly waiving right to disclosure of the property and financial obligations of the other spouse beyond the disclosure provided; and

(C) did not have notice of the property or financial obligations of the other spouse.

(g) Whether or not a community property trust is unconscionable is determined by a court as a matter of law.

(h) The trustee of a community property trust shall maintain records that identify which property held by the trust is community property and which property held by the trust is not community property.

(i) In addition to other transfers of property to a community property trust, property will be considered transferred to a community property trust if the property is subject to a nonprobate transfer on death under AS 13.33.101 and the community property trust is designated as the beneficiary to receive the property under the transfer.

Sec. 34.77.110. Forms of holding property.

(a) Spouses may hold community property in a form that designates the holders of it by the words "(name of one spouse) or (name of other spouse) as community property." Community property held in this form is subject to AS 34.77.040 (a)(6).

(b) Spouses may hold community property in a form that designates the holder of it by the words "(name of one spouse) and (name of other spouse) as community property." Community property held in this form is subject to AS 34.77.040 (b).

(c) A spouse may hold individual property in a form that designates the holder of it by the words "(name of spouse) as individual property." Individual property held in this form is subject to AS 34.77.040 (a)(1).

(d) Spouses may hold property in any other form permitted by law, including a concurrent form or a form that provides for survivorship ownership.

(e) If the words "survivorship community property" are used instead of the words "community property" in the form described in (a) or (b) of this section, the community property is survivorship community property. On the death of a spouse, the ownership rights of that spouse in survivorship community property vest solely in the surviving spouse by nontestamentary disposition at death. The first deceased spouse does not have a right of disposition at death of any interest in survivorship community property. Holding community property in a form described in (a) or (b) of this section does not by itself establish survivorship ownership between the spouses for the property held in that form.

Sec. 34.77.120. Classification of life insurance policies and proceeds.

(a) If a policy issuer makes payments or takes actions in accordance with the policy and the issuer's records, the issuer is not liable because of the payments or actions unless, at the time of the payments or actions, the issuer had actual knowledge of inconsistent provisions of a community property agreement, a community property trust, a decree relating to a community property agreement or a community property trust, or an adverse claim that is brought by a spouse, former spouse, surviving spouse, or persons claiming under a deceased spouse's disposition at death and that relates to a community property agreement or a community property trust.

(b) Except as provided in (c) - (e) of this section,

(1) the ownership interest in and proceeds of a policy that insures the life of one of the spouses and that has been classified by a community property agreement or a community property trust as community property are community property without regard to the classification of property used to pay premiums on the policy;

(2) the ownership interest in and proceeds of a policy that is owned by one spouse and that has not been classified by a community property agreement or a community property trust as community property are mixed property if all or part of a premium on the policy is paid from community property after the determination date; the community property component of the ownership interest and proceeds is the part resulting from multiplying the entire ownership interest and proceeds by a fraction that consists of a numerator that is the sum of the net premiums and portions of net premiums paid from community property and a denominator that is the sum of the net premiums paid;

(3) the ownership interest in and proceeds of a policy issued during marriage that designates the spouse of the insured as the owner are the individual property of the owner without regard to the classification of property used to pay premiums on the policy;

(4) the ownership interest in and proceeds of a policy that designates a person other than either of the spouses as the owner are not affected by this chapter if a premium on the policy is not paid from community property after the determination date; if all or part of a premium on the policy is paid from community property after the determination date, the ownership interest and proceeds of the policy are in part property of the designated owner of the policy and in part community property of the spouses without regard to the classification of property used to pay premiums on the policy after the initial payment of a premium on the policy from community property; the community property component of the ownership interest and proceeds is the part resulting from multiplying the entire ownership interest and proceeds by a fraction that consists of a numerator that is the sum of the net premiums and portions of net premiums paid from community property and a denominator that is the sum of the net premiums paid;

(5) written consent by a spouse to the designation of another person as the beneficiary of the proceeds of a policy is effective to relinquish that spouse's interest in the ownership interest and proceeds of the policy without regard to the classification of property used by a spouse or another person to pay premiums on the policy; a designation of any of the following persons or trusts as the beneficiary of a policy is presumed to have been made with the consent of the other spouse:

(A) the other spouse or an ancestor or descendant of either spouse; or

(B) a trust, to the extent that its beneficiaries consist of one or more of the persons named in (A) of this paragraph;

(6) unless the spouses provide otherwise in a community property agreement or community property trust, designation of a trust as the beneficiary of the proceeds of a policy with a community property component does not reclassify the component;

(7) unless the spouses provide otherwise, if an irrevocable trust owns a life insurance policy insuring the life of one spouse and the spouse whose life is not insured by the policy is provided a beneficial interest in the trust, then, before a contribution of assets to the trust, the spouse whose life is not insured by the policy is presumed to have relinquished any community property interest that the spouse whose life is not insured by the policy may have had in the assets contributed to the trust; the presumption in this paragraph applies only to the extent that the beneficiaries of the trust consist of one or more of the following persons:

(A) the spouse whose life is not insured;

(B) an ancestor of either spouse;

(C) a descendant of either spouse;

(8) the testimony of the spouse whose life is not insured is sufficient to rebut a presumption in (5) or (7) of this subsection.

(c) This section does not affect a creditor's interest in the ownership interest or proceeds of a policy assigned or made payable to the creditor as security.

(d) The interest of a person as owner or beneficiary of a policy acquired under a decree or property settlement agreement incident to a prior marriage or parenthood is not community property notwithstanding the classification of property used to pay premiums on the policy.

(e) This section does not affect the ownership interest or proceeds of a policy unless a spouse or a trust described in (b)(7) of this section is designated as an owner in the policy or on the records of the policy issuer and community property is used to pay a premium on the policy.

(f) In this section,

(1) "owner" means a person appearing on the records of a policy issuer as the person having the ownership interest, or, if a person other than the insured does not appear on the records as a person having the interest, "owner" means the insured;

(2) "ownership interest" means the rights of an owner under a policy;

(3) "policy" means an insurance policy insuring the life of a spouse and providing for payment of death benefits at the spouse's death;

(4) "proceeds" means the death benefit from a policy and all other economic benefits from the policy, whether the economic benefits accrue or become payable as a result of the death of an insured person or upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of another event.

Sec. 34.77.130. Mixed property.

(a) Except as provided otherwise in AS 34.77.110 , mixing community property with property having another classification reclassifies the other property as community property unless the component of the mixed property that is not community property can be traced.

(b) If a community property agreement provides that all property acquired by either or both spouses during marriage is community property, application by one spouse of substantial labor, effort, inventiveness, physical skill, intellectual skill, creativity, or managerial activity on individual property of the other spouse creates community property attributable to the application if

(1) reasonable compensation is not received for the application; and

(2) substantial appreciation of the individual property of the other spouse results from the application.

Sec. 34.77.140. Interspousal Remedies.

(a) A spouse has a claim against the other spouse for breach of the good faith requirement under AS 34.77.010 resulting in damage to the claimant spouse's present undivided one-half interest in community property.

(b) If the spouses have signed a community property agreement or a community property trust, a court may order an accounting of the property and obligations of the spouses and may determine rights of ownership in, beneficial enjoyment of, or access to marital property and the classification of all property of the spouses.

(c) A court may order that the name of a spouse be added to community property held in the name of the other spouse alone, except

(1) a partnership interest held by the other spouse as a general partner;

(2) an interest in a professional corporation, professional association, or similar entity held by the other spouse as a stockholder or member;

(3) an asset of an unincorporated business if the other spouse is the only spouse involved in operating or managing the business; or

(4) other property if the addition would adversely affect the rights of a third person.

(d) Except as provided otherwise in AS 34.77.050 (d), a spouse must begin an action against the other spouse under (a) of this section within three years after acquiring actual knowledge of the facts giving rise to the claim.

Sec. 34.77.150. Treatment of certain property at death of spouse.

If a community property agreement provides that all property acquired by either or both spouses during marriage is community property, at the death of a spouse domiciled in this state, property of the spouse that can be traced to property received by the spouse after the determination date as a recovery for a loss of earning capacity during marriage shall be treated as if it were community property.

Sec. 34.77.155. Division of community property at death.

(a) Upon the death of a spouse, one-half of the aggregate value of the community property owned by the spouses and by any community property trust established by the spouses reflects the share of the surviving spouse and the other one-half reflects the share of the decedent.

(b) Upon the death of a spouse, the deceased spouse's personal representative and the trustee of a community property trust each have the power to distribute community property in divided or undivided interests and to adjust resulting differences in valuation. A distribution of community property in kind may be made on the basis of a non pro rata division of the aggregate value of the community property, on the basis of a pro rata division of each individual item or asset of community property, or by using both methods.

(c) Notwithstanding (a) and (b) of this section, spouses may agree in writing to divide their community property on the basis of a non pro rata division of the aggregate value of the community property or on the basis of a pro rata division of each individual item or asset of community property, or by using both methods.

Sec. 34.77.160. Uniformity of application and construction.

This chapter shall be applied and construed to effectuate its general purpose and to make uniform the law with respect to the subject of this chapter among states enacting it.

Sec. 34.77.900. Definitions.

In this chapter,

(1) "acquire" in relation to property includes obtaining reductions of indebtedness on encumbered property and obtaining a lien on or a security interest in property;

(2) "appreciation" means a realized or unrealized increase in the value of property;

(3) "community property" means property owned jointly by both spouses under a community property agreement or a community property trust;

(4) "community property agreement" means an agreement that complies with AS 34.77.090 ;

(5) "community property trust" means an express trust that complies with AS 34.77.100 ;

(6) "decree" means a judgment or other order of a court;

(7) "determination date" means the later of

(A) marriage;

(B) the effective date of a community property agreement or a community property trust; or

(C) May 23, 1998;

(8) "disposition at death" means the transfer of property by will, intestate succession, nontestamentary transfer, or other means that take effect at the transferor's death;

(9) "dissolution" means

(A) termination of a marriage by a decree of dissolution, divorce, annulment, or declaration of invalidity; or

(B) entry of a decree of legal separation or separate maintenance;

(10) "during marriage" means a period that begins at marriage and ends at divorce, dissolution, or the death of a spouse;

(11) "held" means the registration, recordation, or filing by a person in a public office in the name of the person of a document of title to property, or the issuance in the person's name of a writing that customarily operates as a document of title to the property;

(12) "income" means dividends, interest, and net rents and other net returns attributable to investment, rental, licensing, or other use of property unless attributable to a return of capital or to appreciation;

(13) "management and control" means the right to buy, sell, use, transfer, exchange, abandon, lease, consume, expend, assign, create a security interest in, mortgage, encumber, dispose of, institute or defend a civil action regarding, or otherwise deal with property as if the property is the property of an unmarried person;

(14) "notice" of a fact means a knowledge of it, receipt of a notification of it, or reason to know that it exists from the facts and circumstances known to the person;

(15) "presume" or a "presumption" means the imposition on the person against whom the presumption or presumed fact is directed of the burden of proving that the nonexistence of the presumed fact is more probable than its existence;

(16) "property" means an interest, present or future, legal or equitable, vested or contingent, in real or personal property;

(17) "written waiver" means a document signed by a person against whose interests it is sought to be enforced.

Sec. 34.77.995. Short Title.

This chapter may be cited as the Alaska Community Property Act.

Chapter 34.80. ESCROW TRANSACTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY

Sec. 34.80.010. Characterization of escrow money.

The money that is received by a settlement agent for an escrow transaction is not the property of the settlement agent and is not subject to execution, attachment, or other form of collection for a claim against the settlement agent. Escrow money may not be used for a purpose other than to fulfill the terms of the escrow transaction agreement.

Sec. 34.80.020. Segregation and deposit of escrow money.

(a) A settlement agent shall segregate on the records of the settlement agent the escrow money from one escrow transaction from all other money, including the escrow money of other escrow transactions. Escrow money from more than one escrow transaction may be deposited into a single depository escrow account.

(b) A settlement agent shall deposit escrow money in a depository escrow account of a financial institution located in this state.

Sec. 34.80.030. Interest on escrow money.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, interest may not be collected or paid by a settlement agent on money held for an escrow transaction unless authorized in writing by the parties to the escrow transaction, including the settlement agent.

Sec. 34.80.040. Disbursement of escrow money.

(a) A settlement agent may not disburse escrow money unless items that are at least equal in value to the proposed disbursements have been received by the settlement agent for the escrow transaction, have been deposited as required by AS 34.80.020 (b), and are available for withdrawal as a matter of right from the depository escrow account.

(b) A settlement agent may not disburse escrow money on the same business day as the items are deposited under AS 34.80.020 (b) unless the deposit is made in cash, by interbank electronic transfer, or in a form that permits conversion of the deposit to cash on the same day the deposit is made.

(c) A settlement agent may not disburse escrow money on the business day after the business day on which the items are deposited under (a) of this section unless the deposit is made by

(1) a cashier's check or a certified check and the cashier's check or certified check is payable in the state and drawn on a financial institution located in the state;

(2) a cashier's check, a negotiable order of withdrawal, a money order, or another item and the check, order of withdrawal, money order, or other item has been finally paid before the disbursement; or

(3) a depository check, including a cashier's, certified, or teller's check, that is governed by 12 U.S.C. 4001 - 4010 (Expedited Funds Availability Act).

(d) In (a) of this section, "available for withdrawal as a matter of right" means

(1) when the item has been submitted for collection and payment for the item has been received;

(2) when the financial institution where an item has been deposited considers the money represented by the item available for withdrawal; or

(3) unless written notification has been received from the financial institution where the item was deposited establishing a longer period for an item drawn on an out-of-state financial institution, after a reasonable time has passed for prohibiting customers from drawing on the item.

Sec. 34.80.050. Recording, filing, or delivery of escrow transaction documents.

A settlement agent may not record in the office of the recorder in this state or record in an office in another state that is equivalent to the office of the recorder, file under AS 45.29 in this state or file under an equivalent statute in another state, or deliver a conveyance of property, loan documents, documents establishing a security interest in property, or other documents from an escrow transaction until the money required by the escrow transaction agreement to be disbursed at the same time is available for disbursement under AS 34.80.040 .

Sec. 34.80.090. Definitions.

In this chapter,

(1) "depository escrow account" means an account that holds escrow money pending completion of an escrow transaction and that is in a financial institution;

(2) "escrow money" means the money that is received by a settlement agent for an escrow transaction;

(3) "escrow transaction" means a transaction where, for the purpose of effecting and closing the sale, purchase, exchange, transfer, encumbrance, leasing, or other disposition of an interest in a single piece of residential real property, persons agree that

(A) money, written documents, evidence of title to real or personal property, or other things of value will be delivered to a person for retention until the happening of a specific event or the performance of a prescribed condition; and

(B) upon the happening of the event or performance of the condition, the person holding the things of value will deliver them to the persons entitled to them under the escrow transaction agreement;

(4) "financial institution" means a financial institution

(A) whose accounts are insured by an agency of the federal government;

(B) that is located in this state and does not meet the requirements of (A) of this paragraph, but is subject to regulation by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; or

(C) that is located in another state and does not meet the requirements of (A) of this paragraph, but is subject to regulation in the other state by an agency comparable to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development;

(5) "item" means cash, a check, a negotiable order of withdrawal, a share draft, a traveler's check, a money order, or an interbank electronic transfer; in this paragraph, "check" includes a cashier's check;

(6) "residential real property" means real property on which there are one to four attached or detached dwelling units, or any number of apartments if the apartments are in a horizontal property regime formed under AS 34.07 or any number of units if the units are in a common interest community created under AS 34.08;

(7) "settlement agent" means a person who handles an escrow transaction for compensation, but does not mean a financial institution or other person when the financial institution or other person collects money for the sole purpose of applying the money to the payment of an indebtedness; "settlement agent" includes an employee of a person who handles an escrow transaction for compensation when the employee is carrying out employment duties related to the escrow transaction.

Sec. 34.80.095. Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the Good Funds Act.

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