California enacted its own version of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) deviating slightly from the uniform version. Some archaic terminology that applied the label of “fraud” to certain perfectly innocent transactions will now fall under the less pejorative “voidable” category. The new state law also altered the burden of proof in making and defending a claim for relief under the act, as well as the choice of law governing a determination under the UVTA. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016.
There is a Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA), formerly named the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), which is a federal law that strengthens creditor protections by providing remedies for certain transactions by a debtor that are unfair to the debtor’s creditors. With the passage of the state version, California lawyers will need to analyse fraudulent transfers under both statutory schemes, but will likely rely mainly on the state-based law.