17:9A-29. Appointment by court or officer of qualified bank as fiduciary
A. A court or officer with power to appoint a fiduciary, may appoint a qualified bank.
B. When a qualified bank, named in a fiduciary capacity in any instrument, shall, before its appointment and qualification as such fiduciary, have been succeeded by another qualified bank as a result of a merger, consolidation, conversion or other corporate reorganization, or when a successor fiduciary to such qualified bank has been appointed as provided in subsection F. of this section, the court or officer having jurisdiction shall, except for good cause shown, upon proper application therefor, appoint the successor bank or such successor fiduciary, as the case may be, to act in such fiduciary capacity.
C. A qualified bank may be appointed, upon the application of any party in interest or upon the application of any person or corporation acting or entitled to act in a fiduciary capacity, to act in the place and stead of such person or corporation so acting or entitled to act, or jointly with such person or corporation. Such appointment shall be made upon such notice as the court or officer shall direct.
D. Except as may in this act be otherwise expressly provided, a qualified bank acting in a fiduciary capacity shall have all powers, and shall be subject to all liabilities, duties, and obligations as if such bank were an individual.
E. Whenever, under any law of this State, or of the United States, any fiduciary is required to make oath, such oath may be made on behalf of a qualified bank by its president, vice president, cashier, assistant cashier, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer, trust officer, or assistant trust officer.
F. A qualified bank which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a bank holding company organized under the laws of New Jersey may apply ex parte to the Superior Court to be substituted in the place and stead of one or more qualified banks which are also wholly-owned subsidiaries of such bank holding company, and which are desirous of being discharged from acting further in certain fiduciary capacities and relationships. Upon such application, the court shall make an order appointing the applicant qualified bank as successor fiduciary in respect to the fiduciary capacities and relationships set forth in such application, with the same powers and duties in respect to such fiduciary capacities and relationships as those possessed by the qualified bank or banks for which the successor fiduciary is substituted. After such order of substitution has been entered every instrument executed or otherwise effected before or after such entry, which purports to appoint to any fiduciary capacity or relationship any qualified bank for which a successor fiduciary has been appointed pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to constitute an appointment of such successor fiduciary. The qualified bank which has been succeeded by a successor fiduciary as provided in this section, may, but shall not be required to, present an accounting, in which the successor bank may join, of its administration of the fiduciary capacities or relationships to which the successor fiduciary has been appointed.
L.1948, c. 67, p. 219, s. 29. Amended by L.1975, c. 323, s. 1, eff. Feb. 20, 1976.
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