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(a) In order to relieve estates and trusts of the burden of an annuity, the chancery court, on petition of one (1) or more of the beneficiaries in remainder in the estate or trust, or any portion of the estate or trust, is empowered, when not in terms prohibited by the will or trust instrument, to decree the purchase, in behalf of the annuitant, of an annuity contract of some insurance company, or insurer, that will afford the accordant definite income, for the stated term of life, stipulated for the annuitant by the law, or provision of the will or trust.
(b) The cost of the annuity contract shall be paid out of the funds of the estate or trust; provided, that the contract shall be purchased only from a company or insurer admitted to do business in the state; and provided further, that all persons in interest, including the trustee or other fiduciary, complainant or defendant, shall be parties to the petition, and that the annuitant shall consent to the purchase and to the release of the annuitant's claim upon the estate or trust; or the court in the annuitant's behalf, if the annuitant is a minor or incompetent.
(c) The annuity contract shall be one issued by a company or insurer, selected by, or for as aforementioned, the annuitant and approved by the court.
(d) Should any beneficiary of a remainder interest not concur, that person's interest in the estate or trust shall not be distributed until the death of the annuitant or expiration of the term stipulated, nor charged with any part of the cost of the contract. In that event, however, the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the remainder interest concurring shall be entitled to distribution of their respective interests, upon paying the cost of an annuity contract as will be productive of an income to the annuitant proportionate to their interest in the entire remainder estate, and paying all costs of the application.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the acceleration of distribution except where it appears to the court that the payment of an annuity, or its equivalent, is the sole remaining purpose of the trust's continuance.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Tennessee Code Title 35. Fiduciaries and Trust Estates § 35-50-104 - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-35-fiduciaries-and-trust-estates/tn-code-sect-35-50-104.html
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