Handling Trusts & Other Fiduciary Accounts

On-Demand Webinar
StreamedMay 18, 2022Duration90 minutes
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Trusts are a horse of a different color.

They have distinct parameters and more risk than regular deposit accounts.  Likewise, other fiduciary accounts must be treated differently.  This webinar will address those differences, risks, documentation, authorizations, and potential pitfalls.
  • Use the proper tools to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with trust and fiduciary accounts
  • Define the legal concept of fiduciary duty regarding trust, custody, conservator, and other fiduciary accounts
  • Explain the legal requirements to open a trust or other fiduciary account
  • Understand the specific CIP and beneficial ownership information that must be obtained for fiduciary accounts
  • Distinguish between when your institution serves only as a depository versus when it serves as a fiduciary


Opening a deposit account for a trust is substantially different – and riskier – than opening an account for an individual.  Although many people inappropriately treat trust property as their own individual property, your financial institution must recognize the trust as a separate legal entity from the individual.  Otherwise, trust beneficiaries may claim that your financial institution should have known that the trustee was using the deposit account for his/her individual purpose or otherwise in breach of his/her fiduciary duty. 

This webinar will explain everything you need to know about opening trusts and other fiduciary accounts, including proper account documentation, authorization requirements, and red flags.  In addition, you’ll learn how to reduce the risk of loss when dealing with trusts and other fiduciary accounts.


This informative session will be beneficial to all deposit operations personnel, trust operations personnel, officers, managers, compliance personnel, internal auditors, and attorneys.


  • Checklist of items to review and evaluate when opening a deposit account for a trust or other fiduciary
  • Employee training log
  • Interactive quiz
  • PDF of slides and speaker’s contact info for follow-up questions
  • Attendance certificate provided to self-report CE credits
NOTE: All materials are subject to copyright. Transmission, retransmission, or republishing of any webinar to other institutions or those not employed by your institution is prohibited. Print materials may be copied for eligible participants only.

Presented By

Elizabeth Fast, JD & CPAElizabeth Fast
Spencer Fane LLP