2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 6 — Banks and banking
RS 6:315.1 — Transfer of small deposits; death of depositor; affidavits required; penalties


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§315.1. Transfer of small deposits; death of depositor; affidavits required; penalties

A. Upon the death of a depositor who dies intestate and who has deposits standing in his name alone or jointly with a surviving spouse and heirs, if any, in the total aggregate amount of five thousand dollars or less, in any depository financial institution, such depository financial institution may transfer such deposits to the surviving spouse and heirs, if any, or to the heirs, if there is no surviving spouse, upon receipt of an affidavit establishing jurisdiction and relationship. The affidavit shall also state that the deceased depositor left no will, that the total aggregate amount on deposit subject to transfer under this Section does not exceed five thousand dollars, and that such facts are true and correct.

B. The depository financial institution may issue a draft in the amount that the deceased had on deposit payable to the surviving spouse and heirs named in the affidavit required above.

C. Receipt by the depository financial institution of the affidavit required in Subsection A shall be a full release and discharge of the bank in the transfer of the deposits as to anyone, including any heir, legatee, creditor, or other person having rights or claims to funds or property of the decedent, nor shall the bank be liable for any estate, inheritance, or succession taxes which may be due the state.

D. Any person who knowingly submits and signs a false affidavit as provided in this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

Acts 1990, No. 735, §1; Acts 1991, No. 535, §1; Acts 1997, No. 168, §1; Acts 2010, No. 26, §1.

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