Chief Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

House Sponsor: Michael K. McKell


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies intestate succession amendments.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     clarifies no taker provision;
13          ▸     addresses minerals or mineral proceeds when there is no taker; and
14          ▸     makes technical changes.
15     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16          None
17     Other Special Clauses:
18          None
19     Utah Code Sections Affected:
20     AMENDS:
21          75-2-105, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 39

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 75-2-105 is amended to read:
25          75-2-105. No taker -- Minerals and mineral proceeds.
26          (1) As used in this section:
27          (a) "Mineral" means the same as that term is defined in Section 67-4a-102.
28          (b) "Mineral proceeds" means the same as that term is defined in Section 67-4a-102.
29          (c) "Operator" means the same as that term is defined in Section 40-6-2, 40-8-4, or

30     40-10-3, and includes any other person holding mineral proceeds of an owner.
31          (d) "Owner" means the same as that term is defined in Section 38-10-101, 40-6-2, or
32     40-8-4.
33          (e) "Payor" means the same as that term is defined in Section 40-6-2, and includes a
34     person who undertakes or has a legal obligation to distribute any mineral proceeds.
35          (2) If there is no taker under [the provisions of] this chapter, the intestate estate passes
36     upon the decedent's death to the state for the benefit of the permanent state school fund.
37          (3) When minerals or mineral proceeds pass to the state pursuant to Subsection (2), the
38     Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration shall administer the interests in the
39     minerals or mineral proceeds for the support of the common schools pursuant to Sections
40     53C-1-102 and 53C-1-302, but may exercise its discretion to abandon or decline to administer
41     property of no value or of insufficient value to justify its collection or continued administration.
42          (4) If a probate or other proceeding has not adjudicated the state's rights under
43     Subsection (2), the state, and the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
44     with respect to any minerals or mineral proceeds referenced in Subsection (3), may bring an
45     action in district court in any district in which part of the property related to the minerals or
46     mineral proceeds is located to quiet title the minerals, mineral proceeds, or property.
47          (5) In an action brought under Subsection (4), the district court shall quiet title to the
48     minerals, mineral proceeds, or property in the state if:
49          (a) no interested person appears in the action and demonstrates entitlement to the
50     minerals, mineral proceeds, or property after notice has been given pursuant to Section
51     78B-6-1303 and in the manner described in Section 75-1-401; and
52          (b) the requirements of Section 78B-6-1315 are met.
53          (6) (a) If an operator, owner, or payor determines that minerals or mineral proceeds
54     form part of a decedent's intestate estate, and has not located an heir of the decedent, the
55     operator, owner, or payor shall submit to the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands
56     Administration the information in the operator's, owner's, or payor's possession concerning the
57     identity of the decedent, the results of a good faith search for heirs specified in Section

58     75-2-103, the property interest from which the minerals or mineral proceeds derive, and any
59     potential heir.
60          (b) The operator, owner, or payor shall submit the information described in Subsection
61     (6)(a) within 180 days of acquiring the information.