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      RS 9:162     


§162.  Custody by state; recovery by holder; defense of holder

A.  In this Section, payment or delivery is made in "good faith" if all of the following apply:

(1)  Payment or delivery was made in a reasonable attempt to comply with this Chapter.

(2)  The holder was not then in breach of a fiduciary obligation with respect to the property and had a reasonable basis for believing, based on the facts then known, that the property was presumed abandoned.

(3)  There is no showing that the records under which the delivery was made did not meet reasonable commercial standards of practice in the industry.

B.  Upon payment or delivery of property to the administrator, the state assumes custody and responsibility for the safekeeping of the property.  A holder who pays or delivers property to the administrator in good faith is relieved of all liability arising thereafter with respect to the property.  The administrator shall be responsible for taking all reasonable measures to deliver to the owner any property paid or delivered to the administrator.

C.  A holder who has paid money to the administrator pursuant to this Chapter may subsequently make payment to a person reasonably appearing to the holder to be entitled to payment. Upon a filing by the holder of proof of payment and proof that the payee was entitled to the payment, the administrator shall promptly reimburse the holder for the payment without imposing a fee or other charge.  If reimbursement is sought for a payment made on a negotiable instrument, including a traveler's check or money order, the holder shall be reimbursed upon filing proof that the instrument was duly presented and that payment was made to a person who reasonably appeared to be entitled to payment.  The holder shall be reimbursed for payment made even if the payment was made to a person whose claim was barred under R.S. 9:171(A).

D.  A holder who has delivered property other than money to the administrator pursuant to this Chapter may reclaim the property if it is still in the possession of the administrator, without paying any fee or other charge, upon filing proof that the apparent owner has claimed the property from the holder.

E.  The administrator may accept a holder's affidavit as sufficient proof of the holder's right to recover money and property under this Section.

F.  If a holder pays or delivers property to the administrator in good faith and thereafter another person claims the property from the holder or another state claims the money or property under its laws relating to escheat or abandoned or unclaimed property, the administrator, upon written notice of the claim, shall defend the holder against the claim and indemnify the holder against any liability on the claim.

G.  Property removed from a safe deposit box or other safekeeping depository is received by the administrator subject to the holder's right to be reimbursed for the cost of the opening and to any valid lien or contract providing for the holder to be reimbursed for unpaid rent or storage charges.  The administrator shall reimburse the holder out of the proceeds remaining after deducting the expense incurred by the administrator in selling the property.

Acts 1986, No. 829, §1, eff. July 10, 1986; Acts 1997, No. 809, §1, eff. July 10, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 206, §1, eff. June 11, 1999.

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