Uniform Trust Code

ORS 130.725
UTC 816. Specific powers of trustee

Without limiting the authority conferred by ORS 130.720 (UTC 815. General powers of trustee), a trustee may do any of the following:


Collect trust property and accept or reject additions to the trust property from a settlor or any other person.


Acquire or sell property, for cash or on credit, at public or private sale.


Exchange, partition or otherwise change the character of trust property.


Deposit trust money in an account in a financial institution, including a financial institution operated by the trustee, if the deposit is adequately insured or secured.


Borrow money, with or without security, to be repaid from trust assets or otherwise, and advance money for the protection of the trust and for all expenses, losses and liabilities sustained in the administration of the trust or because of the holding or ownership of any trust assets. Money may be borrowed under this subsection from any lender, including a financial institution operated by or affiliated with the trustee. A trustee is entitled to be reimbursed out of the trust property or from property that has been distributed from the trust, with reasonable interest, for an advance of money under this subsection.


Continue operation of any proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, business trust, corporation or other form of business or enterprise in which the trust has an interest, and take any action that may be taken by shareholders, members or property owners, including merging, dissolving or otherwise changing the form of business organization or contributing additional capital.


Exercise the rights of an absolute owner of stocks and other securities, including the right to:


Vote, or give proxies to vote, with or without power of substitution, or enter into or continue a voting trust agreement;


Hold a security in the name of a nominee or in other form without disclosure of the trust so that title may pass by delivery;


Pay calls, assessments and other sums chargeable or accruing against the securities, and sell or exercise stock subscription or conversion rights; and


Deposit the securities with a depository or other financial institution.


Construct, repair, alter or otherwise improve buildings or other structures on real property in which the trust has an interest, demolish improvements, raze existing or erect new party walls or buildings on real property in which the trust has an interest, subdivide or develop land, dedicate land to public use or grant public or private easements, and make or vacate plats and adjust boundaries.


Enter into a lease for any purpose as lessor or lessee, including a lease or other arrangement for exploration and removal of natural resources, with or without the option to purchase or renew, even though the period of the lease extends beyond the duration of the trust.


Grant an option involving a sale, lease or other disposition of trust property or acquire an option for the acquisition of property, even though the option is exercisable after the trust is terminated, and exercise an option so acquired.


Insure the property of the trust against damage or loss and insure the trustee, the trustee’s agents, and beneficiaries against liability arising from the administration of the trust.


Abandon or decline to administer property of no value or property of a value that is not adequate to justify its collection or continued administration.


Avoid possible liability for violation of environmental law by:


Inspecting or investigating property the trustee holds or has been asked to hold, or property owned or operated by an organization in which the trustee holds or has been asked to hold an interest, for the purpose of determining the application of environmental law with respect to the property;


Taking action to prevent, abate or otherwise remedy any actual or potential violation of any environmental law affecting property held directly or indirectly by the trustee, whether taken before or after the assertion of a claim or the initiation of governmental enforcement;


Declining to accept property into trust or disclaiming any power with respect to property that is or may be burdened with liability for violation of environmental law;


Compromising claims against the trust that may be asserted for an alleged violation of environmental law; and


Paying the expense of any inspection, review, abatement or remedial action to comply with environmental law.


Pay or contest any claim, settle a claim by or against the trust, and release, in whole or in part, a claim belonging to the trust.


Pay taxes, assessments, compensation of the trustee and of employees and agents of the trust, and other expenses incurred in the administration of the trust.


Exercise elections available under federal, state and local tax laws.


Select a mode of payment under any employee benefit or retirement plan, annuity or life insurance payable to the trustee, exercise rights under employee benefit or retirement plans, annuities or policies of life insurance, including exercise of the right to indemnification for expenses and against liabilities, and take appropriate action to collect the proceeds.


Make loans out of trust property. The trustee may make a loan to a beneficiary on terms and conditions the trustee considers to be fair and reasonable under the circumstances. The trustee may collect loans made to a beneficiary by making deductions from future distributions to the beneficiary.


Pledge trust property to guarantee loans made by others to the beneficiary.


Appoint a trustee to act in another state, country or other jurisdiction with respect to trust property located in the other state, country or other jurisdiction, confer upon the appointed trustee all of the powers and duties of the appointing trustee, require that the appointed trustee furnish security and remove any trustee so appointed.


Make a distribution to a beneficiary who is under a legal disability or who the trustee reasonably believes is financially incapable, either:




By application of the distribution for the beneficiary’s benefit;


By paying the distribution to the beneficiary’s conservator or, if the beneficiary does not have a conservator, the beneficiary’s guardian;


By creating a custodianship under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act by paying the distribution to a custodian for the beneficiary;


By paying the distribution to any existing custodian under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act;


By paying the distribution to an adult relative or other person having legal or physical care or custody of the beneficiary, to be expended on the beneficiary’s behalf, if the trustee does not know of a conservator, guardian or custodian for the beneficiary; or


By managing the distribution as a separate fund held by the trustee on behalf of the beneficiary, subject to the beneficiary’s continuing right to withdraw the distribution.


On distribution or payment of trust property or the division or termination of a trust, make distributions and payments in cash or in kind, or in divided or undivided interests, allocate particular assets in proportionate or disproportionate shares, value the trust property for those purposes and adjust for resulting differences in valuation.


Resolve a dispute concerning the interpretation of the trust or the administration of the trust by mediation, arbitration or other procedure for alternative dispute resolution.


Prosecute or defend an action, claim or judicial proceeding in any state, country or other jurisdiction to protect trust property and the trustee in the performance of the trustee’s duties.


Sign and deliver contracts and other instruments that are useful to achieve or facilitate the exercise of the trustee’s powers.


On termination of the trust, exercise the powers appropriate to wind up the administration of the trust and distribute the trust property to the persons entitled to the property.


Allocate items of income or expense to either trust income or principal, as provided by law, including creation of reserves out of income for depreciation, obsolescence or amortization, or for depletion in mineral or timber properties.


Employ persons, including attorneys, auditors, investment advisors or agents, to advise or assist the trustee in the performance of administrative duties. A trustee may act based on the recommendations of professionals without independently investigating the recommendations.


Apply for and qualify all or part of the property in the trust estate for special governmental tax programs or other programs that may benefit the trust estate or any of the beneficiaries.


Deposit securities in a clearing corporation as provided in ORS 128.100 (Authority of fiduciary to deposit securities in clearing corporation). [2005 c.348 §75; 2007 c.515 §3; 2013 c.529 §20]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 128.009)

Where this section authorizes trustee to defend actions against himself, it does not require trust to pay trustee for amounts he might otherwise have earned during time spent in his own defense but trustee is entitled to be reimbursed for attorney fees incurred in defending his accounting. Masters v. Bissett, 101 Or App 163, 790 P2d 16 (1990), Sup Ct review denied, as modified by 102 Or App 289, 794 P2d 445 (1990), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Citations

In General

42 WLR 187 (2006)

Chapter 130

Law Review Citations

42 WLR 187 (2006)


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