Section 19-3A-103

Fiduciary duties; general principles.

(a) In allocating receipts and disbursements to or between principal and income, and with respect to any matter within the scope of Article 2 and Article 3, a fiduciary:

(1) Shall administer a trust or decedent's estate in accordance with the terms of the trust or the will, even if there is a different provision in this chapter;

(2) May administer a trust or decedent's estate by the exercise of a discretionary power of administration given to the fiduciary by the terms of the trust or the will, even if the exercise of the power produces a result different from a result required or permitted by this chapter;

(3) Subject to the provisions of Section 19-3A-104, shall administer a trust or decedent's estate in accordance with this chapter if the terms of the trust or the will do not contain a different provision or do not give the fiduciary a discretionary power of administration; and

(4) Shall add a receipt or charge a disbursement to principal to the extent that the terms of the trust and this chapter do not provide a rule for allocating the receipt or disbursement to or between principal and income.

(b) In exercising the power to adjust under Section 19-3A-104(a) or the power to convert to a unitrust under Section 19-3A-106, if applicable, or a discretionary power of administration regarding a matter within the scope of this chapter, whether granted by the terms of a trust, a will, or this chapter, a fiduciary shall administer a trust or decedent's estate impartially, based on what is fair and reasonable to all of the beneficiaries, except to the extent that the terms of the trust or the will clearly manifest an intention that the fiduciary shall or may favor one or more of the beneficiaries. The exercise of discretion in accordance with this chapter is presumed to be fair and reasonable to all of the beneficiaries.

(Act 2000-675, p. 1343, §1; Act 2013-336, p. 1179, §1.)