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§44D-1-105. Default and mandatory rules.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in the terms of the trust instrument, this chapter governs the duties and powers of a trustee, relations among trustees, and the rights and interests of a beneficiary.

(b) The terms of a trust prevail over any provision of this chapter except:

(1) The requirements for creating a trust;

(2) The duty of a trustee to act in good faith and in accordance with the terms and purposes of the trust;

(3) The requirement that a trust and its terms have a purpose that is lawful, not contrary to public policy, and possible to achieve;

(4) The power of the court to modify or terminate a trust under section four hundred ten through four hundred sixteen, article four of this chapter;

(5) The effect of a spendthrift provision and the rights of certain creditors and assignees to reach a trust as provided in article five of this chapter;

(6) The power of the court under section seven hundred two, article seven of this chapter to require, dispense with, or modify or terminate a bond;

(7) The power of the court under subsection (b), section seven hundred eight, article seven of this chapter, to adjust a trustee's compensation specified in the terms of the trust instrument which is unreasonably low or high;

(8) The effect of an exculpatory term under section one thousand eight, article ten of this chapter;

(9) The rights under sections one thousand ten through one thousand thirteen, article ten of this chapter, of a person other than a trustee or beneficiary;

(10) Periods of limitation for commencing a judicial proceeding;

(11) The power of the court to take action and exercise jurisdiction as may be necessary in the interests of justice; and

(12) The subject-matter jurisdiction of the court and venue for commencing a proceeding as provided in sections two hundred three and two hundred four, article two of this chapter.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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