What are the conditions for re-titling an existing Account in the name of a Trust?
• Your Savings account (“Account”) can only be re-titled (not opened) as a revocable living trust (Trust) Account.
• The Trust must (1) use the Social Security Number of the primary Account owner named in the Bank’s records for the Account and (2) be in full force and effect.
• Accounts may only be re-titled online (not by mail or telephone), by the primary (first named) Account owner.
• Accounts may not be re-titled (or opened) to reflect any other form of trust (for example, no formal irrevocable or testamentary trusts).
• The primary Account owner must be a settlor and/or grantor (creator) of the Trust.
• The primary Account owner must enter the name of the Trust as it appears in the trust documents (e.g., Trust Agreement, Trust Deed, Declaration of Trust).
• Each Account owner named in the Bank’s records must be a trustee who is authorized to act individually for the Trust and perform Account-related transactions without the consent, approval, or authorization of another trustee or party.
• Only the existing Account owners named in the Bank’s records will be allowed to perform Account-related transactions after the Account is re-titled.
• The Account owners must agree to give the Bank copies of trust documents, additional Trust-related certifications, and/or additional information about the Trust, promptly upon request.
• The Bank is not responsible for the content of any trust documents or for any duty a settlor, grantor or trustee may owe to any Trust beneficiary(ies).
• The Account owners must agree to give the Bank prompt written notice if any information given to the Bank about the Trust during the Account re-titling process or at any other time, changes or becomes inaccurate.
• The Account owners must agree that all terms and conditions of the Deposit Account Agreement continue to apply to the Account, including (without limitation) the requirement that the Bank receive prompt written notice if any Account owner dies or becomes legally incompetent.
• The Bank may close the Account if any information given to the Bank about the Trust during the Account re-titling process or at any other time changes or becomes inaccurate (including if at any time it appears to the Bank that the primary (first named) Account owner is no longer authorized to perform Account-related transactions without the consent, approval, or authorization of another trustee or party), or if any Account owner dies or becomes legally incompetent, and at any other time as described in the Deposit Account Agreement.
• If the Account is closed (whether by the Bank or by an Account owner), the Bank may return the Account balance in the form of a check payable to the Trust, after receiving certification of the name and address of the trustee of the Trust.
• When an Account is re-titled to a revocable living trust Account, any payable-on-death beneficiary designation that may be on file with the Bank in connection with the Account is automatically revoked.
• The Bank does not have to allow an Account owner to re-title the Account again at a later date.
• The primary Account owner must agree that they have had an opportunity to consult with their financial and legal advisors before re-titling the Account to a revocable living trust Account.
* The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as advertised is accurate as of . Interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before and after a High Yield Savings Account is opened.
** The national rate referenced is from the FDIC's published Monthly Rate Cap Information for Savings deposit products. Visit the FDIC website for details.
1 There is no minimum balance required to open your Account, to avoid being charged a fee, or obtain the Annual Percentage Yield (APY) disclosed to you.
2 For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is funded. The rate received will either be (i) the rate reflected during your application process or (ii) the rate being offered when your CD is funded, whichever is higher. All CDs must be funded within 60 calendar days from the time we approve your application or will be subject to closure. The interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield (APY) will be disclosed in your account-opening documents, which you will receive after completing your account-opening deposit. After a CD is opened, additional deposits to the account are not permitted. Early CD withdrawals may be subject to significant penalties which could cause you to lose some of your principal. Please see the Consumer Deposit Account Agreement and Savings Schedules for additional terms and conditions.
3 For purposes of transferring funds to or from an external bank, business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Transfers can be initiated 24/7 via the website or phone, but any transfers initiated after 7:00 PM Eastern Time or on non-business days will begin processing on the next business day. Funds deposited into your account may be subject to holds. See the Funds Availability section of your Savings Schedules for more information.
4 Calculations are estimates of expected interest earned. Actual results may vary, based on various factors such as leap years, timing of deposits, rounding, and variation in interest rates. The first recurring deposit is assumed to begin in the second period after any initial deposit.
5 IRA Contributions are subject to aggregate annual limits across all IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. IRA distributions may be taxed and subject to penalties based on IRS guidelines. Required minimum distribution, if applicable, is only relevant to this IRA plan and does not take into consideration other IRA plans held at American Express or other institutions. Please see IRS.gov for more information. We recommend you consult with a financial or tax advisor when making contributions to and distributions from an IRA plan account.