Totten-trust Definition


(law) A form of trust created where one party (the settlor of the trust) places money in a bank account or security with instructions that upon the settlor's death, whatever is in that account will pass to a named beneficiary.

  • trustee account
  • trust account
  • savings bank trust
  • savings account trust

Origin of Totten-trust

  • Derived from Matter of Totten, 179 N.Y. 112 (1904), the case decided by the Court of Appeals of New York which established the legality of this practice.

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