Legislature(2011 - 2012)BARNES 124

02/29/2012 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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-- Meeting Delayed to 4:00 p.m. Today --
*+ HB 292 PRINCIP.& INC/PROBATE/UTMA/RETIREMT/ETC. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 266 PRACTICE OF NATUROPATHY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
        HB 292-PRINCIP.& INC/PROBATE/UTMA/RETIREMT/ETC.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:05:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  292, "An Act relating to  property exemptions for                                                               
retirement plans;  relating to pleadings, orders,  liability, and                                                               
notices under  the Uniform Probate  Code; relating to  the Alaska                                                               
Principal  and  Income  Act;  relating   to  the  Alaska  Uniform                                                               
Transfers to  Minors Act;  relating to  the disposition  of human                                                               
remains;  relating  to  insurable interests  for  life  insurance                                                               
policies; relating  to transfers of individual  retirement plans;                                                               
relating  to  the  community property  of  married  persons;  and                                                               
amending Rule 301(a), Alaska Rules of Evidence."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:05:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANE PIERSON, Staff, Representative  Steve Thompson, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  on behalf  of  the  bill's sponsor,  Representative                                                               
Thompson, stated  that HB 292 is  a trust bill and  she then read                                                               
the title  of the bill.   She  indicated that Dave  Shaftel would                                                               
walk the committee through the bill.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:07:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE SHAFTEL, Attorney, Shaftel Law  Offices, LLC, stated that he                                                               
is  an attorney  in private  practice who  works in  the area  of                                                               
estate and  estate and  trust administration.   He related  he is                                                               
also a member of an informal  group of lawyers and trust officers                                                               
who have worked  with the legislature for  approximately 14 years                                                               
on estate  law to  make recommendations to  improve this  area of                                                               
Alaska's law.  He highlighted  that Alaska is considered a leader                                                               
in estate law,  such that many states have  copied Alaska's laws.                                                               
He characterized  this area of  law as  a dynamic one  across the                                                               
U.S.   Estates affect  nearly everyone  so improving  estate laws                                                               
will  help  all  Alaskans.    This is  a  particularly  good  and                                                               
thorough  bill  that  covers  a  number  of  "bread  and  butter"                                                               
subjects,  which  are  the  types  of  things  that  affect  many                                                               
families.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:09:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL provided  a section by section analysis  of the bill.                                                               
He  stated  that  Section  1 pertains  to  asset  protection  for                                                               
inherited retirement  plans.  He explained  that retirement plans                                                               
are protected from  an employee's creditors by  federal and state                                                               
law.   Under  federal law,  the bankruptcy  courts have  extended                                                               
this protection  to the beneficiaries  of a retirement plan.   He                                                               
related a scenario in which in  which a husband has an individual                                                               
retirement account  (IRA) or retirement interest  and passes away                                                               
and names his  wife as beneficiary.  Thus the  wife's interest in                                                               
the plan would be protected from her creditors.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL stated  that this  represents the  majority rule  in                                                               
bankruptcy  courts.    There  are  12  jurisdictions  which  have                                                               
enacted  this type  of protection  under their  bankruptcy codes,                                                               
including Arizona, Florida, and Texas.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:11:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL turned  to proposed Section 2, which  is a conforming                                                               
amendment  for Section  28, while  Section 3  offers definitional                                                               
changes relating  to the provision  just described.   The changes                                                               
in Section 4 pertain to  settlement agreements and representation                                                               
for settlement agreements.  He  explained that practical problems                                                               
arise   in  reaching   settlement   agreements  in   non-judicial                                                               
settlement proceedings  or in court.   He  characterized Alaska's                                                               
statute  as  a good  statute.    This  would allow  someone  with                                                               
similar interests, such  as a parent, to  represent his/her minor                                                               
children in a  settlement agreement.  The problem  was that while                                                               
it is clear it pertains  to judicial proceedings, questions arose                                                               
as  to   whether  the  provision   pertained  to  out   of  court                                                               
settlements.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:12:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  referred back to the  example for Section                                                               
1,  which outlines  that the  surviving spouse's  interest in  an                                                               
Individual  Retirement  Account (IRA)  would  be  protected.   He                                                               
asked  for  clarification  on how  this  provision  would  affect                                                               
children who  were partial beneficiaries  of an IRA.   He pointed                                                               
out this is the case for his wife and children.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL answered  that the  protection would  apply to  each                                                               
beneficiary.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:13:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  turned again  to settlement  agreements.   He stated                                                               
that Section  4 and Section 5  will make it clear  that this type                                                               
of  representation  would  apply to  settlement  agreements  made                                                               
outside  a judicial  setting.   He  gave an  example  in which  a                                                               
trustee  renders  an accounting,  noting  in  such instances  the                                                               
mother  can approve  the  accounting for  herself  and her  minor                                                               
children.   He explained  that this provision  is binding  on the                                                               
minor  children since  the interest  of children  is same  as the                                                               
mother's  interest.   He pointed  out  that this  provision is  a                                                               
clarification provision of AS 13.06.120.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:13:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  asked for  further clarification  on same                                                               
interest or equivalent monetary interest.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  answered that the interest  does not need to  be the                                                               
same monetary  interest.  He  referred to the same  scenario, but                                                               
related in  this instance, 50  percent of the IRA  was designated                                                               
for the  surviving spouse, and  10 percent to the  surviving five                                                               
children, three of whom are minors.   If the will was challenged,                                                               
the spouse could agree to it  for herself and for the three minor                                                               
children.   He related that  the children would  essentially have                                                               
the same interest  as the mother.  Thus the  mother would protect                                                               
her share as well as the children's' shares.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  related his  understanding that  it would                                                               
be the same class of interest as a creditor.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:15:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL stated that proposed  Sections 6-8 pertains to a type                                                               
of  trust  modification  referred  to  as  decanting,  which  has                                                               
developed  nationwide in  order  modify an  irrevocable trust  to                                                               
correct errors  and to adjust  for changed circumstances  and new                                                               
laws.   In 1998,  Alaska enacted its  decanting statute  under AS                                                               
13.36.157.   At that time,  Alaska was  the third state  to enact                                                               
that type  of law,  which was modeled  after New  York's statute.                                                               
Since  that time,  then 13  other states  have enacted  decanting                                                               
statutes and three others have  pending changes.  This has become                                                               
a popular  way to handle irrevocable  trusts.  In 2011,  New York                                                               
substantially revised  its law.   The proposed changes in  HB 292                                                               
amendment  closely tracks  the New  York provisions  with certain                                                               
procedural changes to accommodate references to our law.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:17:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL  referred  to  the  proposed  Sections  9-25,  which                                                               
pertain  to  the  Uniform  Alaska   Principal  and  Interest  Act                                                               
(UAPIA).   He  provided a  brief  history, noting  that in  2003,                                                               
Alaska updated  their UAPIA act.   One  of the main  changes made                                                               
was to create  a unitrust approach for determining  the income of                                                               
the trust.   Often, many trusts provide for income  to be paid to                                                               
the spouse  and after  his/her death, will  pay the  remainder of                                                               
the estate to surviving children  in equal shares.  This approach                                                               
has  created  a tension  between  the  surviving spouse  and  the                                                               
children  since  the  surviving spouse  often  is  interested  in                                                               
investing  the  estate's  assets  to produce  income,  while  the                                                               
children  prefer  to  have  assets  invested  to  produce  equity                                                               
growth.  Therefore,  while the spouse would often  want to invest                                                               
in bonds,  the children would  prefer to  invest in stocks.   The                                                               
unitrust concept was developed to  alleviate that tension.  Under                                                               
a  unitrust, instead  of paying  income the  trust would  require                                                               
payment of  a percentage of assets,  such as four percent  of the                                                               
assets that exists at the beginning  of the year.  Thus if stocks                                                               
provided  the  best  investment,   the  family  could  invest  in                                                               
equities and  sell four  percent of  them each  year.   After the                                                               
unitrust  concept was  enacted,  over time  the  IRS has  enacted                                                               
regulations related  to the  unitrust.   The unitrust  concept is                                                               
one  that has  been  used  nationwide.   He  said a  Philadelphia                                                               
attorney who  is a  specialist in  this area  of estate  law, has                                                               
recommended  changes  to  update  Alaska's unitrust  laws.    The                                                               
changes would allow  a trustee to choose a  unitrust rate without                                                               
going to  court.  The  unitrust rate does not  have to be  set at                                                               
four percent, but is flexible and  could range from three to five                                                               
percent.   These changes  provide a  better definition  of income                                                               
and  an  ordering  of  income  among  the  types  of  income  and                                                               
principal, such as capital gains,  ordinary income, and return of                                                               
principal.   Additionally, this also provides  a smoothing period                                                               
of up  to five years for  determining the amount of  assets. This                                                               
helps  avoid fluctuations  by using  a five-year  average of  the                                                               
value of the  assets in the trust and applies  that percentage to                                                               
the  average.   This provision  would also  clarify the  unitrust                                                               
method can  apply to  retirement benefits, as  well.   He offered                                                               
his  belief that  these changes  will facilitate  the use  of the                                                               
unitrust concept for Alaska's residents.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:21:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOLMES asked  whether it is fair to  say that this                                                               
would make the  trust law a little more like  how foundations are                                                               
run, which is a percent of market value calculation to be used.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL answered yes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:22:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER questioned whether  this would resolve the                                                               
growth versus income issue just raised.   He pointed out that the                                                               
children  may still  want long-term  growth  investments and  the                                                               
spouse may want bonds for short-term return on investment.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL offered  to  clarify  this aspect  more  fully.   He                                                               
explained that in  2003, Alaska's law was changed  to address the                                                               
growth  versus income  aspects.   He agreed  the changes  he just                                                               
described did not focus on this  issue.  He offered to illustrate                                                               
the basic  changes by  relating a scenario  in which  an existing                                                               
trust would distribute  income to his wife.  After  she dies, the                                                               
trust  would  pay  the  remainder  of the  assets  to  his  three                                                               
children.  He  highlighted that this trust could  be converted to                                                               
a  unitrust.    Thus,  instead  of  having  the  tension  between                                                               
investing  for income  or  equity growth,  the  trustee would  be                                                               
given direction,  for example, to  pay five percent each  year of                                                               
the  value of  assets to  his spouse.   Thus,  the changes  would                                                               
allow the  trustee to invest  to maximize the best  total return,                                                               
which is  also called a  total return  unitrust.  He  offered his                                                               
belief his spouse  will be satisfied so long as  she receives the                                                               
five  percent annually.   Of  course,  she would  hope the  trust                                                               
funds will be invested to maximize the best total return.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:24:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER  clarified  the  three  to  five  percent                                                               
election is based on the corpus and not the proceeds.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL agreed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:24:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL turned to proposed  Sections 26-28, which he said was                                                               
initially suggested  by a legislator  and relates to  the Uniform                                                               
Transfer to Minors  Act (UTMA).  He pointed out  that every state                                                               
has  an UTMA.   He  described  a UTMA  as an  informal method  of                                                               
creating a  trust.  A person  could go to bank  or brokerage firm                                                               
to create an  account and make gifts to the  account.  Over time,                                                               
the UTMA  can build up  and become  substantial assets.   The law                                                               
dictated that if the deposits  were gifts, when the child reaches                                                               
age  21, he/she  is entitled  to the  fund, but  up until  then a                                                               
custodian is  named to  the account.   The  custodian may  be the                                                               
person who  contributed to the  UTMA or  it may be  someone else.                                                               
The custodian  can also spend the  money on behalf of  the child.                                                               
He pointed out  that problems have developed since  some of these                                                               
accounts  represent  very  substantial  assets.    When  a  child                                                               
reaches the  age of 21,  he/she may not  be ready for  the assets                                                               
due  to  maturity  problems  or   the  child  may  not  have  the                                                               
experience  to  handle  substantial  funds since  it  may  derail                                                               
him/her   from  attending   college  or   developing  a   career.                                                               
Additionally,  a drug  or alcohol  problem may  exist that  would                                                               
only be exacerbated if he/she receives substantial funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:26:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL explained  that this  issue  has arisen  nationwide.                                                               
Under the IRS  code, the child must be given  the right to compel                                                               
for distribution  at age  21; however, if  the child  agrees, and                                                               
often  that is  the  case,  under existing  law  the  age can  be                                                               
extended to  age 25.  He  pointed out there isn't  any reason the                                                               
age cannot be extended beyond 21  or 25.  This statute allows the                                                               
custodian to  give notice  to the  child to  extend the  trust up                                                               
until  the age  of 30.   The  child has  the right  at age  21 to                                                               
compel  a  distribution, but  if  the  child  agrees it  will  be                                                               
extended to  age 30.   He offered his  belief that often  a child                                                               
will recognizes  he/she is not  quite ready to manage  the funds.                                                               
He reiterated that  the custodian has a fiduciary  duty to manage                                                               
the funds for the benefit of the child.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:28:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER asked  whether  there is  an outside  age                                                               
limit.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  answered no, but  the longer the extension  the more                                                               
likely the child will not agree  to an extension.  He stated that                                                               
there could  be a series  of these  extensions.  In  practice the                                                               
wisest proposal would be to  propose a reasonable extension, then                                                               
when the  child reaches that  age, to propose  another extension.                                                               
He reminded members  that the beneficiary is  considered an adult                                                               
at 18 and the assets are his/her property.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:29:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT  asked whether  the child would  have the                                                               
ability to  receive the funds  at any  time.  He  also understood                                                               
that  the  agreement would  allow  the  custodian to  extend  the                                                               
timeframe.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL  answered that  once  assets  are deposited  to  the                                                               
account the custodian  would manage the funds for  the minor that                                                               
the child has right to demand  the assets until the child reaches                                                               
age 18, or if the UTMA represents  a gift at age 21.  However, if                                                               
the  custodian approaches  the child  at age  21 and  proposes an                                                               
extension to age  25, which is agreed to by  the child, the child                                                               
would not have access to the  assets until he/she reached age 25.                                                               
He cautioned  that the custodian  has a  fiduciary responsibility                                                               
to the  child, so if the  child needed funds for  college and the                                                               
custodian  refused,  the  custodian  would  be  in  violation  of                                                               
his/her  fiduciary duties.    In that  instance  the child  could                                                               
petition the  court for  remedy; however,  the child  cannot just                                                               
demand assets at  will.  He reiterated that  the custodian cannot                                                               
act unreasonably.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:32:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT related his  understanding that the child                                                               
would have  access to  the funds unless  he/she agrees  to extend                                                               
the UTMA to ages 25 or 30.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL agreed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:32:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL referred  to  Section 29  to  the decedent  remains.                                                               
Alaska does  not presently have statutory  authority with respect                                                               
to  who may  control  the disposition  of  a decedent's  remains,                                                               
which is an issue that  was identified during the estate planning                                                               
sessions.    Significant disputes  have  arisen,  which not  only                                                               
affect  the  decedent,  his/her  family,  but  also  the  funeral                                                               
businesses.   He explained that his  group would like to  make it                                                               
clear who  has the power to  make these decisions and  to protect                                                               
funeral businesses from any liability.   Thus Section 29 provides                                                               
authority for  a person  to sign  a form to  clarify who  has the                                                               
authority to make final decisions.   If a person has not signed a                                                               
form,  this provision  contains a  priority list  identifying who                                                               
can make any decisions on behalf of a decedent.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:34:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT  asked for clarification of  who is first                                                               
and last on the priority list just mentioned.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL referred to page 24,  to the proposed AS 13.75.020 of                                                               
HB  275,  which outlines  the  order  of  those who  may  control                                                               
disposition  of   a  decedent's   remains,  beginning   with  the                                                               
designee,   followed   by   the  person   serving   as   personal                                                               
representative, the  spouse, and  sole adult  child.   He related                                                               
that the proposed statute lists a total of eight priorities.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:35:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SADDLER asked  whether a  personal representative                                                               
is different class than executor of the estate.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL answered  that most wills will  identify the personal                                                               
representative, who  is the person  to handle the probate  as the                                                               
manager  of the  will.   In  further  response to  Representative                                                               
Saddler, he agreed  that this person is also the  executor of the                                                               
estate.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:36:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  referred to Section  30 to insurable interests.   He                                                               
explained  that  in order  to  buy  a  life insurance  policy  on                                                               
someone's life,  the person must  have an insurable interest.   A                                                               
person cannot  randomly buy life  insurance policies  for others.                                                               
In  2005,  a federal  court  case  in  Virginia, Chawla,  ex  rel                                                             
Giesinger  V.  Transamerica Occidental  Life  Ins.  Co., 2005  WL                                                             
405405 (E.D. Va.  2005) raised questions as to  whether a trustee                                                               
of a  life insurance  trust had an  insurable interest  and could                                                               
buy insurance  on the  settlor's life.   Additionally,  it raised                                                               
questions about  partnerships and limited  liability corporations                                                               
(LLCs).  The  Uniform Law Commission studied the  matter and made                                                               
amendments to the Uniform Trust  Code.  This section, Section 30,                                                               
would  incorporate  these amendments  to  make  it clear  that  a                                                               
trustee  or  general partner  or  manager  may buy  an  insurance                                                               
policy on  a family  member if the  beneficiaries are  people who                                                               
would have insurable interest.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:38:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON moved  to  adopt  the proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  for  HB 292,  labeled  27-LS1232\B,  Bannister,                                                               
2/22/12, as the working document.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON objected  for purpose of discussion.   There being no                                                               
objection, Version B was before the committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:39:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL referred  to Section 31, which  pertains to transfers                                                               
of individual  retirement account (IRA) interests.   He explained                                                               
that  lifetime  estate  planning  often  involves  making  gifts,                                                               
sales,  or  other transfers  of  property  to family  members  or                                                               
trusts for  their benefit.  He  offered his belief that  this has                                                               
become  more  popular  as  the  estate and  gift  tax  laws  have                                                               
changed.    This  provision  would  allow  the  transfer  of  IRA                                                               
interest  to a  grantor trust  for  the benefit  of the  employee                                                               
participant's family  members.   He related  that no  adverse tax                                                               
consequences would  occur and would  allow the participant  of an                                                               
IRA to  voluntarily transfer his  or her  IRA, and any  growth of                                                               
the IRA, out of transferors'  gross estate for federal estate tax                                                               
purposes.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:41:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  asked whether this would  allow people to                                                               
transfer their IRA during their lifetime.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  answered yes.   He expanded on this,  noting adverse                                                               
tax consequences would occur if it  was done to other than a gran                                                               
tour trust.   He highlighted  that this provision will  likely be                                                               
used  on  irrevocable  trusts,   with  respect  to  transfers  or                                                               
contributions by  the settlor  of the  trust, without  any income                                                               
tax consequences.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:42:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  asked if other states  allow transfers of                                                               
IRA interests.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  answered no.   He stated  that this is  probably the                                                               
first time this provision would be enacted nationwide.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER questioned the IRS implications.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL answered  prior to estates using  this provision that                                                               
the  parties would  likely  apply  to IRS  for  a private  letter                                                               
ruling.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:43:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL turned  to proposed Section 32-36,  which pertains to                                                               
community property law.   In 1998, Alaska was the  tenth state to                                                               
enact an  optional community property  system, which  consists of                                                               
primarily  western  states,   including  Washington,  California,                                                               
Nevada,  Arizona,  New  Mexico,  Texas,  Louisiana,  as  well  as                                                               
Wisconsin.  He  explained that the community  property concept is                                                               
a sharing  concept between  spouses, with  each spouse  owning 50                                                               
percent  of  the  property,  with   very  attractive  income  tax                                                               
implications.   When the  first spouse dies,  both halves  of the                                                               
community  property  receive  an  adjustment,  which  allows  the                                                               
surviving spouse  to sell property  without paying  capital gains                                                               
tax.     He  explained  that  implementation   and  clarification                                                               
provisions are needed.   He explained that  community property is                                                               
unique in every  state.  This bill clarifies  that property which                                                               
spouses  agree  is  owned  as  community  property  is  community                                                               
property regardless of  the form of title to the  property.  Thus                                                               
the  property will  be community  property even  if the  title is                                                               
only in one  spouse's name, so long as the  husband and wife have                                                               
agreed that property is community  property.  This bill clarifies                                                               
this and the  clarification is important for  title companies and                                                               
banks.    Another clarification  and  one  he believes  has  been                                                               
needed pertains  to the right  of survivorship.  In  instances in                                                               
which title to community property is  in a form that provides for                                                               
survivorship ownership  between the  spouses then it  is presumed                                                               
to have  been made  with the  consent of both  spouses.   He said                                                               
that  another situation  commonly  encountered  is property  with                                                               
beneficiary designations.   If one spouse  executes a beneficiary                                                               
designation it is only effective  for that spouse's half interest                                                               
unless  the other  spouse consents  in writing.   He  pointed out                                                               
that various family  designations are presumed to  have been made                                                               
although these can be overcome by surviving spouse's testimony.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:46:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHAFTEL said  it was  necessary  to clarify  the statute  of                                                               
limitations when transfers were made  improperly by one spouse of                                                               
community  property  without the  consent  of  the other  and  to                                                               
provide remedies for those improper  transfers.  He characterized                                                               
this  as  a  "clean  up"   bill  that  helps  implement  elective                                                               
community property.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:46:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  referred to Section  40.  He  remarked he                                                               
had not seen the standard  for two-thirds majority often included                                                               
in  a bill.    He then  referred  to the  legal  memo from  Terry                                                               
Bannister, Legislative  Legal Services attorney, with  respect to                                                               
the single  subject rule for  bills.  He asked  for clarification                                                               
with respect to the violation of the single subject rule.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL  acknowledged that he  was aware  of the letter.   He                                                               
concluded that  the legislative  attorney's job  is to  point out                                                               
possible issues.   He said he  has discussed the letter  with the                                                               
attorney.   He  offered his  belief  that all  of these  proposed                                                               
changes are under  Title 13 and while a possible  issue may occur                                                               
that it would  probably arise by someone who  wanted to challenge                                                               
a part  of the  bill.   He observed  that it  is unclear  how the                                                               
Alaska  Supreme Court  would rule  in such  a case.   He  offered                                                               
there is  a practical reason  to keep  these changes in  one bill                                                               
and  to  not have  numerous  bills  before the  legislature  that                                                               
pertain to estate law.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  remarked that he planned  to hold the bill  over for                                                               
that reason and is working with Ms. Bannister on this issue.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:49:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  BLATTMACHR,  President;  Chief  Executive  Officer,  Alaska                                                               
Trust  Company, stated  that Alaska  Trust  Company supports  the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:50:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  OLSON,  after first  determining  no  one else  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HB 292.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
[HB 292 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 4:50 p.m. to 4:52 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB292 Draft Proposed CS ver B.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 Fiscal Note-DCCED-INS-02-24-12.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 Explanation of Changes from Ver A to Ver B.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 Legal Opinion.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 Sectional Analysis ver B.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB292 ver A.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 292
HB266 Supporting Documents-Assorted emails.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 266
HB266 Supporting Documents-Assorted faxes 2--17-12.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 266
HB266 Supporting Documents-Email Michele Scott 2-28-12.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 266
HB266 Supporting Documents-Written Testimony Danielle Gabriel 2-27-12.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 266
HB266 Supporting Documents-Assorted Written Testimony 2-29-12.pdf HL&C 2/29/2012 3:15:00 PM
HB 266