In recent years, improvements in telecommunication technologies have transformed the delivery of health care. The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic greatly expanded patient demand for telehealth services. To meet patient needs, many states chose to modify licensure and other requirements that served as barriers to the delivery of telehealth services. Today, many states are re-examining laws related to telehealth, often with an eye toward expanding access to care while maintaining protections for patients. The Telehealth Act has two broad goals. The first is to make clear that, as a general matter, health care services may be provided through telehealth, if doing so is consistent with applicable professional practice standards and the practitioner’s scope of practice, as defined by the state in which the patient is located. The Telehealth Act’s second goal is to establish a registration system for practitioners who hold licenses in other states. This act permits a registered practitioner to provide telehealth services to patients located in the state adopting the act. The Uniform Law Commission hopes the act will give states the clear guidance and framework they need to implement effective telehealth services, as well as open borders so that more practitioners are able to assist patients that might otherwise have limited or access to health care.
The Uniform Testamentary Additions to Trusts Act (UTATA) modernizes trust and estate law by permitting "pour-over" provisions in wills. These commonly-used provisions merely add money or other property passing at death through probate to inter vivos trusts. UTATA is also incorporated into the Uniform Probate Code as Section 2-511. For further information about enacting UTATA please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at (312) 450-6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Uniform TOD Securities Registration Act (UTODSRA) provides for the non-probate transfer of specifically registered investment securities from the owner to named beneficiaries at owner's death. The act is incporated into the Uniform Probate Code as Article 6, Part 3. For further information about enacting UTODSRA please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at (312) 450-6621 or email@example.com.
The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) provides a legal framework for improved trade secret protection. For further information about UTSA please contact Senior Director for Strategy and Communications Katie Robinson at (312) 450-6616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Model Transboundary Pollution Reciprocal Access Act (MTPRAA) overcomes procedural obstacles that prevent a pollution victim in one state or province from seeking enforceable remedies in the state or province where the pollution originated. For further information about MTPRAA please contact Senior Director for Strategy and Communications Katie Robinson at (312) 450-6616 or email@example.com.
The Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) updates and expands the usefulness of the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (1966). Under the UTMA a person may transfer property to a custodian for the benefit of a minor. By reference to the UTMA in the title of the property a custodianship is created until the minor reaches the age of majority. For further information about enacting the UTMA please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at (312) 450-6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act (MTSTA) is based on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It provides a model statute for American Indian tribes to adopt to ensure the availability of secured credit to their members. The act was originally completed in 2005 and revised in 2017 to incorporate subsequent amendments to UCC Article 9.
The Uniform Trust Code (UTC) is a comprehensive codification of the common law on trusts. For further information about enactng the UTC please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at (312) 450-6621 or email@example.com.
The Uniform Trust Decanting Act (UTDA) provides a method for reforming or modernizing the terms of an irrevocable trust. “Decanting” is the term used to describe the distribution of assets from one trust into a second trust, like wine is decanted from the bottle to another vessel. Decanting can be a useful tool for adapting to unforeseen circumstances, but can also be abused to defeat the settlor’s intent. The UTDA allows a trustee to reform an irrevocable trust document within reasonable limits that ensure the trust will achieve the settlor’s original intent. The act prevents decanting when it would defeat a charitable or tax-related purpose of the settlor. For further information about enacting the UTDA please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at (312) 450-6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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