Code of the District of Columbia

§ 41–111. Property held by fiduciaries.

(a) All intangible personal property and any income or increment thereon, held in a fiduciary capacity for the benefit of another person, is presumed abandoned unless the owner, within 3 years after it becomes payable or distributable, has increased or decreased the principal, accepted payment of principal or income, corresponded in writing concerning the property, or otherwise indicated an interest as evidenced by a memorandum on file with the fiduciary.

(b) For the purpose of this section, if a person holds property as an agent for a business association, the agent is deemed to hold the property in a fiduciary capacity for that business association unless the agreement between the agent and the business association provides otherwise.

(c) For the purposes of this chapter, if a person is deemed to hold property in a fiduciary capacity for a business association alone, that person is the holder of the property only insofar as the interest of the business association in the property is concerned and the business association is the holder of the property insofar as the interest of any other person in the property is concerned.


(Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-160, § 111, 27 DCR 5150; Sept. 29, 1992, D.C. Law 9-161, § 2(i), 39 DCR 5696; Mar. 20, 1998, D.C. Law 12-60, § 1701(g), 44 DCR 7378.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 42-211.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 41-130.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 1701(g) of the Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-152, October 17, 1997, 44 DCR 6196), and see § 1701(g) of the Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-239, January 13, 1998, 45 DCR 508).

Temporary Legislation

Section 1701(g) of D.C. Law 12-59 substituted “3 years” for “5 years” in (a).

Section 2001(b) of D.C. Law 12-59 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 12 of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (1981 Act).