Online Sunshine Logo
Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature
December 7, 2021
Text: 'NEW Advanced Legislative Search'
Interpreter Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Go to MyFlorida House
Go to MyFlorida House
Select Year:  
The Florida Statutes

The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XLII
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
Chapter 736
FLORIDA TRUST CODE
View Entire Chapter
F.S. 736.1503
736.1503 Requirements for community property trust.An arrangement is a community property trust if one or both settlor spouses transfer property to a trust that:
(1) Expressly declares that the trust is a community property trust within the meaning of this part.
(2) Has at least one trustee who is a qualified trustee, provided that both spouses or either spouse also may be a trustee.
(3) Is signed by both settlor spouses consistent with the formalities required for the execution of a trust under this chapter.
(4) Contains substantially the following language in capital letters at the beginning of the community property trust agreement:

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS COMMUNITY PROPERTY TRUST MAY BE VERY EXTENSIVE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CREDITORS AND OTHER THIRD PARTIES, AND YOUR RIGHTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE DURING THE COURSE OF YOUR MARRIAGE, AT THE TIME OF A DIVORCE, AND UPON THE DEATH OF YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE. ACCORDINGLY, THIS TRUST AGREEMENT SHOULD BE SIGNED ONLY AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS TRUST AGREEMENT, YOU SHOULD SEEK COMPETENT AND INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE. ALTHOUGH NOT A REQUIREMENT, IT IS STRONGLY ADVISABLE THAT EACH SPOUSE OBTAIN THEIR OWN SEPARATE LEGAL COUNSEL PRIOR TO THE EXECUTION OF THIS TRUST.

History.s. 31, ch. 2021-183.