§ 2151. Nature and form of assignment
An assignment of property including choses in action, by a debtor for the benefit of creditors shall be in writing and signed by the debtor. If real estate is assigned, it shall be by deed, executed and recorded in the same manner as a conveyance of real estate. Such assignment shall be for the benefit of all the creditors of the assignor in proportion to their respective claims. An assignment shall not be valid against a creditor of the assignor, if the assignee is a creditor or interested in the provisions of the assignment.
§ 2152. Schedule; list of creditors
Assignments shall be specific and accompanied by a full inventory or schedule of the property assigned, including choses in action, and with a list of the creditors to be benefited by the assignment and the sums due each one as near as may be.
§ 2153. Copy of assignment to be filed
The assignor and assignee shall file in the clerk's office in the county where the assignor resides, and also where the property assigned is situated at the time of making such assignment, a copy of the assignment and inventory, including choses in action, and of the list of creditors to be benefited by the assignment, to remain on file for the use and inspection of persons interested.
§ 2154. Assignee's bond
The assignee shall execute to the superior court for the unit in which the assignor resides a bond with sureties to the satisfaction of such court and conditioned for the faithful performance of such trust. The assignee shall execute such bond at the time of making such assignment, and the same may be prosecuted by parties aggrieved as provided in 14 V.S.A. chapter 101, relative to bonds governed by that chapter. (Amended 1973, No. 193 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 9, 1974; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 60.)
§ 2155. Failure to file copy of assignment or to execute bond
Unless such copies are filed as directed in section 2153 of this title and such bond is executed as directed in section 2154 of this title, the property so assigned shall be liable to trustee process and to attachment and execution at the suit of the creditors of the assignor, as if an assignment had not been made.
§ 2156. Assignee's duties
The assignee shall proceed with reasonable dispatch in the discharge of his trust to the completion of the same. When completed, he shall file with the clerk of such superior court a copy of the settlement of his trust account showing in detail how he has administered the trust, which account shall be verified by the oath of the assignee as a true and just account and the same shall remain on file in such office for the inspection of the creditors of the assignor. (Amended 1973, No. 193 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 9, 1974.)
§ 2157. Application to superior judge for settlement of account by assignee
If, in the opinion of a creditor of the assignor named in the assignment, the assignee neglects to settle his trust and file a copy of his account with the county clerk for an unreasonable length of time, such creditor may apply to a superior judge for an order upon the assignee to settle the same and file with the clerk of such court a copy of his trust account verified by oath within such time as the superior judge deems proper.
§ 2158. Powers of superior judge
The superior judge may hear such application upon notice being given to the assignee, make necessary orders in the premises and allow or refuse costs upon such application and hearing as he thinks equitable. He shall enforce the orders made by him according to the usages of a superior court and proceed against the assignee for a disobedience to the order of the superior judge as for a contempt.