California Probate Code
(a) A custodian shall do all of the following:
(1) Take control of custodial property.
(2) Register or record title to custodial property if appropriate.
(3) Collect, hold, manage, invest, and reinvest custodial property.
(b) In dealing with custodial property, a custodian shall observe the standard of care that would be observed by a prudent person dealing with property of another
and is not limited by any other statute restricting investments by fiduciaries except that:
(1) If a custodian is not compensated for his or her services, the custodian is not liable for losses to custodial property unless they result from the custodian’s bad faith, intentional wrongdoing, or gross negligence, or from the custodian’s failure to maintain the standard of prudence in investing the custodial property provided in this section.
(2) A custodian, in the custodian’s discretion and without liability to the minor or the minor’s estate, may retain any custodial property received from a transferor.
(c) A custodian may invest in or pay premiums on life insurance or endowment policies on (1) the life of the minor only if the minor or the minor’s estate is the sole beneficiary or (2) the life of another person in
whom the minor has an insurable interest only to the extent that the minor, the minor’s estate, or the custodian in the capacity of custodian, is the irrevocable beneficiary.
(d) A custodian at all times shall keep custodial property separate and distinct from all other property in a manner sufficient to identify it clearly as custodial property of the minor. Custodial property consisting of an undivided interest is so identified if the minor’s interest is held as a tenant in common and is fixed. Custodial property subject to recordation is so identified if it is recorded, and custodial property subject to registration is so identified if it is either registered, or held in an account designated, in the name of the custodian, followed in substance by the words:
“as a custodian for (Name of Minor)
(e) A custodian shall keep records of all transactions with respect to custodial property, including information necessary for the preparation of the minor’s tax returns, and shall make them available for inspection at reasonable intervals by a parent or legal representative of the minor or by the minor if the minor has attained the age of 14 years.