As used in this chapter:
“Articles of trust” means all documents constituting, at any particular time, the articles of trust of a business trust. Articles of trust includes the original articles of trust, the original certificate of trust issued by the Commission, and all amendments to the articles of trust. When the articles of trust have been restated pursuant to any articles of amendment, the articles of trust includes only the restated articles of trust and any subsequent amendments to the restated articles of trust, but does not include the articles of amendment accompanying the restated articles of trust.”Beneficial owner” means any owner of a beneficial interest in a business trust, the fact of ownership to be determined and evidenced, whether by means of registration, the issuance of certificates or otherwise, in conformity to the applicable provisions of the governing instrument of the business trust.
“Business trust” or “domestic business trust” means an unincorporated business, trust, or association that:
1. Property is or will be held, managed, administered, controlled, invested, reinvested, or operated by a trustee for the benefit of persons as are or may become entitled to a beneficial interest in the trust property; or
2. Business or professional activities for profit are carried on or will be carried on by one or more trustees for the benefit of persons as are or may become entitled to a beneficial interest in the trust property; and
B. Files articles of trust under § 13.1-1212.
“Commission” means the State Corporation Commission of Virginia.”Foreign business trust” means a business trust formed under the laws of any jurisdiction other than this Commonwealth and denominated as such under the laws of such state or foreign country or other foreign jurisdiction.”Foreign limited liability company” has the same meaning as specified in § 13.1-1002.”Foreign limited partnership” has the same meaning as specified in § 50-73.1.”Governing instrument” means a trust instrument that creates a business trust and provides for the governance of the affairs of the business trust and the conduct of its business, including, without limitation, a declaration of trust.”Other business entity” means a corporation, a professional corporation, a general or limited partnership, a registered limited liability partnership, common law trust, a limited liability company, a professional limited liability company, or any other unincorporated business. “Other business entity” shall not include a business trust.”Person” has the same meaning as specified in § 13.1-603.”State,” when referring to a part of the United States, includes a state and commonwealth, and their agencies and governmental subdivisions; and a territory and insular possession, and their agencies and governmental subdivisions, of the United States.”Trustee” means a person appointed as a trustee in accordance with the governing instrument of a business trust. “Trustee” may include a beneficial owner of a business trust.”United States” includes any district, authority, bureau, commission, department, or other agency of the United States.
2002, c. 621.