Friday, October 13, 2006

Great Opportunity: 2nd Annual UTC National Conference Call

A unique opportunity is available this coming Sunday afternoon to learn more about the national form & status of the Uniform Trust Code. The UTC is the model for the recently-enacted Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act. Both are described in a previous message found here. The PA UTA will take effect on November 6, 2006, as explained here.

On Sunday, October 15, 2006, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm (EST), anyone can "call in and listen" to the "2nd Annual Uniform Trust Code National Conference". The scheduled speakers include: David English (the Reporter for the UTC), John Langbein, Richard Davis, Suzanne Brown Walsh, Scot Boulton, & Turney Berry. The cost is FREE.

The 2006 UTC Teleconference is an activity of the UTC Project, which is sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), which is now in its 115th year.

NCCUSL comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to draft proposals for uniform and model laws on subjects where uniformity is desirable and practicable, and work toward their enactment in legislatures. The Conference's website may be found at

NCCUSL introduces its UTC Project, as follows:

The Uniform Trust Code is the first national codification of the law of trusts. The UTC was approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (“NCCUSL”) in 2000. Minor amendments to the Code were made in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

The UTC has been enacted in 19 jurisdictions (Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico, District of Columbia, Utah, Maine, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina, Oregon, North Carolina and, recently, Alabama, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania). It is under study in numerous other states. [Emphasis added, of course!]

The 2nd Annual UTC Conference is sponsored by a grant from the ACTEC Foundation, which is affiliated with the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

The website indicates that the Conference Call will originate from Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday, October 15th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. But an announcement received yesterday indicates that it will commence at 1:30 p.m. I cannot determine which start time is correct.

If you are interested in listening to the discourse on the development & status of the UTC, connect to the conference call at a time you are available, as follows:

Call in Number ......1-877-802-4003