2009 Texas Code
PROPERTY CODE
TITLE 6. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
CHAPTER 73. PROPERTY HELD BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS  

PROPERTY CODE

TITLE 6. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

CHAPTER 73. PROPERTY HELD BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 73.001. DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATION OF CHAPTER. (a) In

this chapter:

(1) "Account" means funds deposited with a depository in an

interest-bearing account, a checking or savings account, or a

child support debit card account established under Section

234.010, Family Code, or funds received by a depository in

exchange for the purchase of a stored value card.

(2) "Depositor" means a person who has an ownership interest in

an account.

(3) "Owner" means a person who has an ownership interest in a

safe deposit box.

(4) "Holder" means a depository.

(5) "Check" includes a draft, cashier's check, certified check,

registered check, or similar instrument.

(b) This chapter supplements other chapters in this title, and

each chapter shall be followed to the extent applicable.

(c) Any property, other than an account, check, or safe deposit

box, held by a depository is subject to the abandonment

provisions of Chapter 72.

(d) A holder of accounts, checks, or safe deposit boxes presumed

abandoned under this chapter is subject to the procedures of

Chapter 74.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3607, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 230, Sec. 13, eff.

Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 153, Sec. 7, 8, eff.

Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 11, 12, eff.

Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch.

81, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch.

551, Sec. 3, eff. June 19, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch.

767, Sec. 35, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 73.002. DEPOSITORY. For the purposes of this chapter, a

depository is a bank, savings and loan association, credit union,

or other banking organization that:

(1) receives and holds a deposit of money or the equivalent of

money in banking practice or other personal property in this

state; or

(2) receives and holds such a deposit or other personal property

in another state for a person whose last known residence is in

this state.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3607, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 13, eff.

Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 73.003. PRESERVATION OF INACTIVE ACCOUNT OR SAFE DEPOSIT

BOX. (a) A depository shall preserve an account that is

inactive and the contents of a safe deposit box that is inactive.

The depository may not, at any time, by any procedure, including

the imposition of a service charge, transfer or convert to the

profits or assets of the depository or otherwise reduce the value

of the account or the contents of such a box. For purposes of

this subsection, value is determined as of the date the account

or safe deposit box becomes inactive.

(b) An account is inactive if for more than one year there has

not been a debit or credit to the account because of an act by

the depositor or an agent of the depositor, other than the

depository, and the depositor has not communicated with the

depository. A safe deposit box is inactive if the rental on the

box is delinquent.

(c) This section does not affect the provisions of Subchapter B,

Chapter 59, Finance Code.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3607, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984. Amended by Acts 1984, 68th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 18, Sec.

8(b), eff. Oct. 2, 1984; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 230, Sec. 14,

eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 153, Sec. 9, eff.

Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 36, Sec. 3.02, eff.

Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 914, Sec. 11, eff. Sept.

1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1,

1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 7.85, eff. Sept. 1,

1999.

SUBCHAPTER B. PRESUMPTION OF ABANDONMENT

Sec. 73.101. INACTIVE ACCOUNT OR SAFE DEPOSIT BOX PRESUMED

ABANDONED. (a) An account or safe deposit box is presumed

abandoned if:

(1) the account or safe deposit box has been inactive for at

least five years as determined under Subsection (b);

(2) the location of the depositor of the account or owner of the

safe deposit box is unknown to the depository; and

(3) the amount of the account or the contents of the box have

not been delivered to the comptroller in accordance with Chapter

74.

(b) For purposes of Subsection (a)(1):

(1) an account becomes inactive beginning on the date of the

depositor's last transaction or correspondence concerning the

account; and

(2) a safe deposit box becomes inactive beginning on the date a

rental was due but not paid.

Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 3607, ch. 576, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1,

1984. Amended by Acts 1984, 68th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 18, Sec.

8(d), eff. Oct. 2, 1984; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 230, Sec. 16,

eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 153, Sec. 11, 12,

eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 14, eff.

Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1423, Sec. 16.05, eff.

Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 73.102. CHECKS. A check is presumed to be abandoned on the

latest of:

(1) the third anniversary of the date the check was payable;

(2) the third anniversary of the date the issuer or payor of the

check last received documented communication from the payee of

the check; or

(3) the third anniversary of the date the check was issued if,

according to the knowledge and records of the issuer or payor of

the check, during that period, a claim to the check has not been

asserted or an act of ownership by the payee has not been

exercised.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 15, eff. Sept. 1,

1997.

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