NEW FDIC Rules for Inter Vivos Trust Accounts

On September 26, 2008, the FDIC issued interim final regulations entitled Deposit Insurance Regulations; Living Trust Accounts. The interim rules amend 12 CFR 330 were effective immediately.

The New regulations make it much easier to determine coverage when the bank has less than $500,000 under the trust and trustee’s accounts:

The FDIC’s main goal in implementing these revisions is to make the rules easier to understand and apply, without decreasing coverage currently available for revocable trust account owners.

This interim rule will result in faster deposit insurance determinations after depository institution closings and will help improve public confidence in the banking system. The rule eliminates the concept of qualifying beneficiaries and for account owners with revocable trust accounts totaling no more than $500,000, coverage will be determined without regard to the beneficial interest of each beneficiary in the trust.

Under the new rules, a trust account owner with up to five different beneficiaries named in all his or her revocable trust accounts at one FDIC-insured institution will be insured up to $100,000 per beneficiary. Revocable trust account owners with more than $500,000 and more than five different beneficiaries named in the trust(s) will be insured for the greater of either: $500,000 or the aggregate amount of all the beneficiaries’ interests in the trust(s), limited to $100,000 per beneficiary.

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