Maine Revised Statutes

§413. Cy pres

1. Charitable purpose becomes unlawful, impracticable, impossible to achieve or wasteful.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, if a particular charitable purpose of a trust becomes unlawful, impracticable, impossible to achieve or wasteful:
A. The trust does not fail, in whole or in part; [2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF).]
B. The trust property does not revert to the settlor or the settlor's successors in interest; and [2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF).]
C. The court may apply cy pres to modify or terminate the trust by directing that the trust property be applied or distributed, in whole or in part, in a manner consistent with the settlor's charitable purposes. [2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF) .]
2. Noncharitable beneficiary.  A provision in the terms of a charitable trust that would result in distribution of the trust property to a noncharitable beneficiary prevails over the power of the court under subsection 1 to apply cy pres to modify or terminate the trust only if, when the provision takes effect:
A. The trust property is to revert to the settlor and the settlor is still living; or [2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF).]
B. Fewer than 50 years have elapsed since the date of the trust's creation. [2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF).]
[ 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 618, Pt. A, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 618, §A1 (NEW). 2003, c. 618, §A2 (AFF).