January 24, 2012





SENATE BILL No. 157

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DIGEST OF SB 157 (Updated January 20, 2012 11:13 am - DI 106)



Citations Affected: IC 30-5.

Synopsis: Copy of power of attorney. Provides that a copy of the power of attorney has the same force and effect as the original power of attorney if the person granting the power of attorney certifies that the copy is a true and correct copy. Specifies that a child of the principal may request an accounting with respect to transactions entered into by an attorney in fact.

Effective: July 1, 2012.





Steele




    January 4, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters.
    January 23, 2012, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






January 24, 2012

Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


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SENATE BILL No. 157



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 30-5-6-4; (12)SB0157.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 30-5-6-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 4. (a) The attorney in fact shall keep complete records of all transactions entered into by the attorney in fact on behalf of the principal:
        (1) for six (6) years after the date of the transaction; or
        (2) until the records are delivered to the successor attorney in fact;
whichever occurs first.
    (b) Except as otherwise stated in the power of attorney, the attorney in fact is not required to render an accounting. The attorney in fact shall render a written accounting if an accounting is ordered by a court, requested by the principal, a guardian appointed for the principal, a child of the principal, or, upon the death of the principal, the personal representative of the principal's estate, or an heir or legatee of the principal.
    (c) An attorney in fact shall deliver an accounting requested under subsection (b) to:
        (1) the principal;
        (2) a guardian appointed for the principal;
        (3) the personal representative of the principal's estate;
        (4) an heir of the principal after the death of the principal; or
        (5) a legatee of the principal after the death of the principal;
not later than sixty (60) days after the date the attorney in fact receives the written request for an accounting. In the event of the principal's death, an accounting under this subsection must be requested not later than nine (9) months after the date of the principal's death.
    (d) Not more than one (1) accounting is required under this section in each twelve (12) month period unless the court, in its discretion, orders additional accountings.
    (e) If an attorney in fact fails to deliver an accounting as required under subsection (c), the person requesting the accounting may initiate an action in mandamus to compel the attorney in fact to render the accounting. The court may award the attorney's fees and court costs incurred under this subsection to the person requesting the accounting if the court finds that the attorney in fact failed to render an accounting as required under this section without just cause.
SOURCE: IC 30-5-8-5; (12)SB0157.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 30-5-8-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 5. A copy of the power of attorney has the same force and effect as the original power of attorney if the attorney in fact or the person granting the power of attorney certifies that the copy is a true and correct copy.