Opening Minor Accounts: Legal Ownership, Debit Cards and Access

You love your minor account holders and yet... it's sometimes hard to know what you can and can't do for those who are underage at your bank. It's always disturbing when minors have authority to transact business in your bank because in many states minors aren't responsible for their actions on deposit contracts.

Learn how to answer your adult account holders' questions on how to set up accounts for grandchildren, for college, and for other minor-related accounts. We'll review basic legal ownership you may offer your minor customers. We'll discuss how to transition them into adult accounts. We'll also look at do's and don't's of account card set-up for minors.

You'll be challenged to look at old practices, how to handle checks, when to give access and so much more in this information-packed program. Don't miss this A to Z on minor accounts.

Topics Covered:

  • All the types of legal ownership for Minors: UTMA, CESA, Multiple Party Accounts, and Minors alone in some states
  • What happens and what is the liability when you put minors in checking accounts with debit cards? What about debit cards on UTMA, Social security accounts and guardianships?
  • Can a minor get information on a UTMA, Social Security Account, or Guardianship Account?
  • Can a minor negotiate checks made payable to himself or herself?
  • Old stylings like "minor by" that can create big headaches
  • Can you require two signatures on minor accounts? Can you let a minor sign a contract?
  • What happens when the minor dies on an account? What happens when the adult passes away?
  • Can minors take over the account at a certain age?  
  • Hotspots and troubling issues when you open accounts for minors

Who Should Attend?

Customer service representatives, personal bankers, call center representatives, branch managers, tellers, branch operations, and training.