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(a) Contents of certification.--Instead of furnishing a copy of the trust instrument to a person other than a beneficiary, the trustee may furnish to the person a certification of trust containing the following information:
(1) The trust's existence and the date the trust instrument was executed.
(2) The identity of the settlor.
(3) The identity and address of the currently acting trustee.
(4) The powers of the trustee.
(5) The revocability or irrevocability of the trust and the identity of any person holding a power to revoke the trust.
(6) The authority of cotrustees to sign or otherwise authenticate and whether all or less than all are required in order to exercise powers of the trustee.
(7) The trust's taxpayer identification number.
(8) The manner of taking title to trust property.
(b) Authentication.--A certification of trust may be signed or otherwise authenticated by any trustee.
(c) Assurance of representations.--A certification of trust must state that the trust has not been revoked, modified or amended in a manner that would cause the representations contained in the certification of trust to be incorrect.
(d) Dispositive trust provisions.--A certification of trust need not contain the dispositive provisions of the trust instrument.
(e) Provisions to be made available upon request.--A recipient of a certification of trust may require the trustee to furnish copies of those excerpts from the original trust instrument and later amendments which designate the trustee and confer upon the trustee the power to act in the pending transaction.
(f) Reliance on certification.--A person who acts in reliance upon a certification of trust without knowledge that the representations contained in the certification are incorrect is not liable to any person for so acting and may assume without inquiry the existence of the facts contained in the certification. Knowledge of the provisions of the trust instrument may not be inferred solely from the fact that a copy of all or part of the trust instrument is held by the person relying upon the certification.
(g) Enforcement.--A person who in good faith enters into a transaction in reliance upon a certification of trust may enforce the transaction against the trust property as if the representations contained in the certification were correct.
(h) Liability.--A person making a demand for the trust instrument in addition to a certification of trust or excerpts is liable for damages if the court determines that the person did not act in good faith in demanding the trust instrument.
(i) Applicability.--This section does not limit the right of a person to obtain a copy of the trust instrument in a judicial proceeding concerning the trust.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Pennsylvania Statutes Title 20 Pa.C.S.A. Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries § 7790.3. Certification of trust - UTC 1013 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/pa/title-20-pacsa-decedents-estates-and-fiduciaries/pa-csa-sect-20-7790-3.html
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