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Simplification of Living Trust Rules
The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has approved the attached final rule to clarify and simplify the agency's deposit insurance regulations for accounts held in connection with living trusts. The final rule will take effect on April 1, 2004, but the FDIC will apply the new regulations to living trust deposits at any insured institution that fails between January 13, 2004 (the date of the Board action), and April 1, 2004, if doing so would benefit the affected depositors.
The new rules are intended to address the confusion surrounding the coverage of living trust accounts. They are easier to understand than the existing rules and are designed to enable depositors and bankers to more easily determine the available deposit insurance coverage on depositors' living trust accounts. Also, the final rule eliminates the existing requirement that beneficiaries of living trust accounts be named in the records of the depository institution.
The attached FDIC fact sheet provides examples of how the new coverage rules will work in the most common situations.
The FDIC is planning several ways to raise awareness of the new insurance rules among bankers and bank customers:
For your reference, FDIC Financial Institution Letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2004/index.html. This FIL supersedes FIL-54-2003, dated July 2, 2003.
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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDICís Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).
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