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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.77

Introduced by Senator Mullin of Rutland District and Senator Doyle of Washington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; title; spouse; exemption from title fee

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide that whenever the estate of an individual consists in whole or in part of an automobile and the surviving spouse was not named on the title, absent a testamentary disposition to the contrary, the title shall automatically pass to the survivor.

AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSFERRING TITLE TO A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A SURVIVING SPOUSE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 2023(e) is amended to read:

(e)  Notwithstanding other provisions of the law, whenever the estate of an individual who dies intestate consists principally of an automobile, the surviving spouse shall be deemed to be the owner of the motor vehicle and title to the same vehicle shall automatically and by virtue hereof pass to said the surviving spouse.  Additionally, whenever the estate of an individual consists in whole or in part of an automobile and the surviving spouse was not named on the title, absent a testamentary disposition to the contrary, the title shall automatically pass to the survivor.  Registration of the vehicle in the name of the surviving spouse shall be effected by payment of a transfer fee of $7.00, in both cases.  This transaction is Both of these transactions are exempt from the provisions of the purchase and use tax on motor vehicles.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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