Texas Finance Code - FIN § 34.306. Trust Account with Limited Documentation

(a) Subject to Subchapter B, Chapter 111, and Chapters 112 and 113, Estates Code, a bank may accept and administer a deposit account:

(1) that is opened with the bank by one or more persons expressly as a trustee for one or more other named persons;  and

(2) for which further notice of the existence and terms of a trust is not given in writing to the bank.

(b) For a deposit account that is opened with a bank by one or more persons expressly as a trustee for one or more other named persons under or purporting to be under a written trust agreement, the trustee may provide the bank with a certificate of trust to evidence the trust relationship.  The certificate must be an affidavit of the trustee and must include the effective date of the trust, the name of the trustee, the name of or method for choosing successor trustees, the name and address of each beneficiary, the authority granted to the trustee, the disposition of the account on the death of the trustee or the survivor of two or more trustees, other information required by the bank, and an indemnification of the bank.  The bank may accept and administer the account, subject to Subchapter B, Chapter 111, and Chapters 112 and 113, Estates Code, in accordance with the certificate of trust without requiring a copy of the trust agreement.  The bank is not liable for administering the account as provided by the certificate of trust, even if the certificate of trust is contrary to the terms of the trust agreement, unless the bank has actual knowledge of the terms of the trust agreement.

(c) On the death of the trustee or of the survivor of two or more trustees, the bank may pay all or part of the withdrawal value of the account with interest as provided by the certificate of trust.  If the trustee did not deliver a certificate of trust, the bank's right to treat the account as owned by a trustee ceases on the death of the trustee.  On the death of the trustee or of the survivor of two or more trustees, the bank, unless the certificate of trust provides otherwise, shall pay the withdrawal value of the account with interest in equal shares to the persons who survived the trustee, are named as beneficiaries in the certificate of trust, and can be located by the bank from its own records.  If there is not a certificate of trust, payment of the withdrawal value and interest shall be made as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 111, and Chapters 112 and 113, Estates Code.  Any payment made under this section for all or part of the withdrawal value and interest discharges any liability of the bank to the extent of the payment.  The bank may pay all or part of the withdrawal value and interest in the manner provided by this section, regardless of whether it has knowledge of a competing claim, unless the bank receives actual knowledge that payment has been restrained by court order.

(d) This section does not obligate a bank to accept a deposit account from a trustee who does not furnish a copy of the trust agreement or to search beyond its own records for the location of a named beneficiary.

(e) This section does not affect a contractual provision to the contrary that otherwise complies with the laws of this state.


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