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Bill on Non-Probate Transfer of Vehicles Becomes Law in The Virgin Islands

Probate; Act No. 8250
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En Español Today is a great day in the US Virgin Islands!

AARP in The Virgin Islands thanks Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and the members of the 33rd Legislature for the passage of Act 8250. AARP VI was honored to support this bill and applauds Senators Sarauw, Jackson, Gittens, Barnes, DeGazon and Benta for sponsoring and championing this legislation.

This Act amends title 20. Part II, chapter 32, subchapter I of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a new section to create a process for transferring a vehicle upon the death of an individual, without going through the probate process. This Bill, No. 33-0068 was signed into law on January 18, 2020.

Act 8250 supports the core context of the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act proposed by the Uniform Law Commission of the United States of America. The Uniform Real Property Transfer-on-Death Act (URPTODA) was drafted and recommended to states in 2009. Today, states across the United States and its territories, including the US Virgin Islands, have enacted URPTODA bills, with other states expected to follow. In 2018, the 32nd Legislature passed Bill No. 32-0327 to enact the URPTODA as a mechanism for the non-probate transfer of personal property at death. This Act serves as an extension of the URPTODA which will allow residents of the Virgin Islands to similarly transfer mobile equipment to their intended beneficiaries without the costly and lengthy process of probate.

To learn more about this act, click on the following link: Act 8250

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