NEW MEXICO UNIFORM PRUDENT INVESTOR ACT
2014 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 45 – Uniform Probate Code
Article 7 – Trust Administration
Part 6 – Uniform Prudent Investor Act
45-7-601. Short title.
Sections 45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978 may be cited as the “Uniform Prudent Investor Act”.
1978 Comp., 45-7-601, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 82.
45-7-602. Prudent investor rule.
A. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection B of this section, a trustee who invests and manages trust assets owes a duty to the beneficiaries of the trust to comply with the prudent investor rule set forth in the Uniform Prudent Investor Act [45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978].
B. The prudent investor rule, a default rule, may be expanded, restricted, eliminated or otherwise altered by the provisions of a trust. A trustee is not liable to a beneficiary to the extent that the trustee acted in reasonable reliance on the provisions of the trust.
1978 Comp., 45-7-602, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 83.
45-7-603. Standard of care; portfolio strategy; risk and return objectives.
A. A trustee shall invest and manage trust assets as a prudent investor would, by considering the purposes, terms, distribution requirements and other circumstances of the trust. In satisfying this standard, the trustee shall exercise reasonable care, skill and caution.
B. A trustee’s investment and management decisions respecting individual assets must be evaluated not in isolation but in the context of the trust portfolio as a whole and as a part of an overall investment strategy having risk and return objectives reasonably suited to the trust.
C. Among circumstances that a trustee shall consider in investing and managing trust assets are such of the following as are relevant to the trust or its beneficiaries:
(1) general economic conditions;
(2) the possible effect of inflation or deflation;
(3) the expected tax consequences of investment decisions or strategies;
(4) the role that each investment or course of action plays within the overall trust portfolio, which may include financial assets, interest in closely held enterprises, tangible and intangible personal property and real property;
(5) the expected total return from income and the appreciation of capital;
(6) other resources of the beneficiaries;
(7) needs for liquidity, regularity of income and preservation or appreciation of capital; and
(8) an asset’s special relationship or special value, if any, to the purposes of the trust or to one or more of the beneficiaries.
D. A trustee shall make a reasonable effort to verify facts relevant to the investment and management of trust assets.
E. A trustee may invest in any kind of property or type of investment consistent with the standards of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act [45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978].
F. A trustee who has special skills or expertise, or is named trustee in reliance upon the trustee’s representation that the trustee has special skills or expertise, has a duty to use those special skills or expertise.
1978 Comp., 45-7-603, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 84.
A trustee shall diversify the investments of the trust unless the trustee reasonably determines that, because of special circumstances, the purposes of the trust are better served without diversifying.
1978 Comp., 45-7-604, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 85.
45-7-605. Duties at inception of trusteeship.
Within a reasonable time after accepting a trusteeship or receiving trust assets, a trustee shall review the trust assets and make and implement decisions concerning the retention and disposition of assets, in order to bring the trust portfolio into compliance with the purposes, terms, distribution requirements and other circumstances of the trust, and with the requirements of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978
1978 Comp., 45-7-605, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 86.
A trustee shall invest and manage the trust assets solely in the interest of the beneficiaries.
1978 Comp., 45-7-606, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 87.
If a trust has two or more beneficiaries, the trustee shall act impartially in investing and managing the trust assets, taking into account any differing interests of the beneficiaries.
1978 Comp., 45-7-607, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 88.
45-7-608. Investment costs.
In investing and managing trust assets, a trustee may only incur costs that are appropriate and reasonable in relation to the assets, the purposes of the trust and the skills of the trustee.
1978 Comp., 45-7-608, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 89.
45-7-609. Reviewing compliance.
Compliance with the prudent investor rule is determined in light of the facts and circumstances existing at the time of a trustee’s decision or action and not by hindsight.
1978 Comp., 45-7-609, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 90.
45-7-610. Delegation of investment and management functions.
A. A trustee may delegate investment and management functions that a prudent trustee of comparable skills could properly delegate under the circumstances. The trustee shall exercise reasonable care, skill and caution in:
(1) selecting an agent;
(2) establishing the scope and terms of the delegation, consistent with the purposes and terms of the trust; and
(3) periodically reviewing the agent’s actions in order to monitor the agent’s performance and compliance with the terms of the delegation.
B. In performing a delegated function, an agent owes a duty to the trust to exercise reasonable care to comply with the terms of the delegation.
C. A trustee who complies with the requirements of Subsection A of this section is not liable to the beneficiaries or to the trust for the decisions or actions of the agent to whom the function was delegated.
D. By accepting the delegation of a trust function from the trustee of a trust that is subject to the law of this state, an agent submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state.
1978 Comp., 45-7-610, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 91.
45-7-611. Language invoking standard.
The following terms or comparable language in the provisions of a trust, unless otherwise limited or modified, authorizes any investment or strategy permitted under the Uniform Prudent Investor Act [45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978]: “investments permissible by law for investment of trust funds”, “legal investments”, “authorized investments”, “using the judgment and care under the circumstances then prevailing that persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not in regard to speculation but in regard to the permanent disposition of their funds, considering the probable income as well as the probable safety of their capital”, “prudent man rule”, “prudent trustee rule”, “prudent person rule” and “prudent investor rule”.
1978 Comp., 45-7-611, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 92.
45-7-612. Application to existing trusts.
The Uniform Prudent Investor Act [45-7-601 through 45-7-612 NMSA 1978] applies to trusts existing on and created after its effective date. As applied to trusts existing on its effective date, the Uniform Prudent Investor Act governs only decisions or actions occurring after that date.
1978 Comp., 45-7-612, enacted by Laws 1995, ch. 210, 93.