Welcome to BBVA USA, Member FDIC. This booklet contains your Deposit Account Agreement and certain additional disclosure information. Please read this information carefully and keep it with your other financial records.
Consumer Deposit Account Agreement
This Agreement covers any type of deposit account (as defined below) you may have with us now, or in the future, that is used primarily for personal, family or household purposes. By opening your account, by conducting any transaction involving your account, or by maintaining your account after receipt of this Agreement, you agree to the terms in this Agreement. This Agreement includes not only this document but also your signature card, the Account Terms & Conditions and your Relationship Summary Form. This Agreement also includes any new or amended provisions and disclosures we may provide concerning your account. All of these documents together are a contract between you and us.
YOUR ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE ARBITRATION AND WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL PROVISIONS IN SECTION 3. IF A DISPUTE ARISES BETWEEN US, YOU OR WE MAY REQUIRE THAT IT BE RESOLVED THROUGH ARBITRATION, RATHER THAN THROUGH JURY TRIAL.
Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, our relationship with you will be that of debtor and creditor. No fiduciary, quasi-fiduciary or other special relationship exists between you and us. Any internal policies or procedures that we may maintain in excess of reasonable commercial standards and general banking usage are solely for our own benefit and shall not impose a higher standard of care than otherwise would apply in their absence. There are no third-party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
Spanish Language Preference: If you express a preference for Spanish as your preferred language for communication with us, we may not be able to accommodate this preference at all of our branches or in the case of any particular product and service. Where we can accommodate Spanish as your preferred language, communications in Spanish are provided as a courtesy only, and English will be the language controlling and governing your banking relationship with us. The English version of this Agreement, as well as the English versions of any other account documents that may be available in Spanish, shall be the official, governing account documents. However, as a courtesy, at your request, and for your convenience only, we may, at account opening and thereafter, provide you with unofficial Spanish translations of the official English versions of certain account documents.
The following terms and definitions apply when used in this Agreement. Some terms used in this Agreement but not defined below have the meaning assigned to them in the Uniform Commercial Code in effect in the state where we maintain your account.
Account or Deposit Account. Any type of checking, savings, money market, or NOW account to which funds may be deposited. Time deposits are excluded from this definition and are not covered by this Agreement.
Account Owner or Owner. Each person named in our records as an account owner with respect to an account.
ATMs. Automated teller machines.
Attorney-in-Fact. An agent designated under a valid power of attorney. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, not to honor any power of attorney. An attorney-in-fact representing an account owner does not become an owner of an account and will not have rights in an account at the owner’s death as a result of the agent’s capacity as an attorney-in-fact.
Authorized Signer. Each person who has signed a signature card with respect to an account in any capacity, including any trustee, custodian, guardian, conservator, attorney-in-fact, or other representative acting in that capacity.
Available Balance. The balance of funds in your account that is available for immediate withdrawal. Unlike the posted balance, the available balance reflects any holds placed on your account, including the restrictions described in the Funds Availability Disclosure included with this Agreement. Your available balance may be more or less than the amount of your posted balance, but does not include any credit available under any BBVA USA Overdraft Protection Line of Credit you may have.
Business Days. Although many of our branch offices are open on Saturdays, for purposes of this Agreement, our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Dormant Account. An account will be considered dormant if, for one year or more in the case of checking and NOW accounts (two years or more for an account maintained in Florida), or for two years or more in the case of savings and money market accounts (one year or more for an account maintained in Texas or California): no customer-initiated transaction activity has been conducted on the account, no correspondence regarding the account has been received by us, and no account owner has otherwise indicated an interest in the account. Recurring ACH credits (i.e., Direct Deposit) are considered to be automatic and, therefore are not considered to be customer-initiated transactions for this purpose.
Item. A check, substitute check, draft, withdrawal order, payment order, or other similar instrument, order or instruction, whether oral, written or electronic, either for the deposit of funds to your account or for the payment of funds from your account. Items include debits and credits for point-of-sale, ATM, and Debit Card transactions.
Posted Balance. The balance of funds in your account based solely on items that have been posted as credits or debits to your account. Unlike the available balance, the posted balance does not reflect any holds placed on your account. Your posted balance may be more or less than the amount of your available balance, but does not include any credit available under any BBVA USA Overdraft Protection Line of Credit you may have.
Service Charges. Any charge, fee, or similar amount due to us, whether for a service we may provide or for a particular condition or status of your account or any item relating to your account, which has been disclosed by us in this Agreement or in any schedule of service charges included or incorporated by reference in this Agreement. Other charges, fees, and similar amounts due to us, but not disclosed in this Agreement, may apply under other agreements you may have with us.
Substitute Check. A paper reproduction of an original check that (1) contains an image of the front and back of the original check; (2) bears a MICR line containing all the information appearing in the MICR line of the original check at the time the original check was converted to an electronic image; (3) conforms in paper stock, dimension and otherwise with industry standards; (4) includes a legend stating, “This is a legal copy of your check. You can use it the same way you would use the original check.”; and (5) is suitable for automated processing in the same manner as the original check.
Totten Trust Account. A deposit account in the name of one or more owners as trustee for one or more beneficiaries where the relationship is established by the form of the deposit account and there are no assets of the trust other than the sums on deposit in the deposit account. This type of account is a form of P.O.D. account.
We, Our, Us, BBVA and BBVA USA. BBVA USA, Member FDIC, or any other affiliate bank of BBVA USA Bancshares, Inc. For purposes of Section 3 only, these terms also include the directors, officers, and employees of BBVA USA and its affiliates.
You, Your, and Yours. The account owner or, if the account is a multiple-party account, any and all account owners, and all authorized signers.
The type of account you select may determine how property passes on your death. Your Last Will and Testament may not control the disposition of funds depending on the account ownership selection that is made.
Individual Account. A deposit account owned by one party as indicated on our records, also referred to as a single-party account.
Joint Account. A deposit account with more than one account owner, also referred to as a multiple-party account.
P.O.D. Account. A deposit account payable on request to one or more owners during their lifetime and on the death of the last surviving owner, to one or more surviving beneficiaries and not to any owner’s estate. If two or more beneficiaries survive, the sums on deposits belong to them in equal, undivided shares.
Account Ownership Selection:
Individual Account Without P.O.D. Designation. The owner of the account owns the account during his/ her lifetime. On the death of the owner, ownership of the account passes as a part of the owner’s estate or in accordance with applicable law.
Individual Account With P.O.D. Designation. The owner of the account owns the account during his/her lifetime. On the death of the owner, ownership of the account passes to the P.O.D. beneficiaries of the account. The account is not a part of the owner’s estate.
Joint Account Without Right of Survivorship. The owners of the account own the account in proportion to their net contributions to the account. The bank may pay any sum in the account to an owner at any time. On the death of an owner, the owner’s ownership of the account passes as part of the owner’s estate or in accordance with applicable law.
Joint Account With Right of Survivorship. The owners of the account own the account in proportion to their net contributions to the account. The bank may pay any sum in the account to an owner at any time. On the death of an owner, the owner’s ownership of the account passes to the surviving owners.
Joint Account With Right of Survivorship and P.O.D. Designation. The owners of the account own the account in proportion to their net contributions to the account. The bank may pay any sum in the account to an owner at any time. On the death of the last surviving owner, the ownership of the account passes to the P.O.D. beneficiaries.
Note: Joint Accounts will be presumed to be with right of survivorship unless we have agreed with you in writing that the account is owned in another capacity. Not all types of Joint Accounts are available in all states.
Either you or we may ask to settle disputes by arbitration. Arbitration is a way of working out disputes without going to court. If you or we ask for arbitration, we would all meet with a person called an arbitrator. An arbitrator is like a referee or a judge. The arbitrator will listen to what you and we have to say. The arbitrator will decide who is right. The arbitrator’s decision is called an award. The party who wins the award can take it to any court that could have heard the dispute and get an official judgment.
Please read the rest of this section carefully. It explains how arbitration works.
Some Legal Rights May Not Be Available in Arbitration: After any party asks for arbitration of a dispute, neither you nor we can ask a court to hear that dispute.
There will be no jury trial of that dispute. You cannot be part of any class action relating to that dispute. The right to get information from each other and other procedures may be more limited in arbitration than in court. With a few limited exceptions, the arbitrator’s award will be final and unchangeable. Other rights that you or we would have in a court also may not be available in arbitration.
What Disputes Are Covered: Any dispute that arises from or relates to this Agreement, your Account and any transaction involving the Account or any service or product related to your Account will be settled by arbitration unless it is described below in “What Disputes Are Not Covered.”
This means that disputes about the following are covered:
It doesn’t matter whether the dispute is based on contract, fraud, tort, intentional tort, statute, regulation, constitution, common law, equity or otherwise. It also doesn’t matter when the dispute began (whether before this Agreement, now or in the future). This arbitration provision will continue to apply after this Agreement ends and/or after you or we close the Account.
What Disputes Are Not Covered: This arbitration provision does not cover any dispute:
No Class Disputes: You cannot join together in a dispute with anyone other than people who use your Account. Even if other people have disputes similar to a dispute that you or we ask to arbitrate, those people and their disputes cannot be part of any arbitration between you and us. You cannot arbitrate any dispute on a class action, private attorney general or other representative basis. Only a court, and not an arbitrator, may decide whether this provision prohibiting class disputes can be enforced.
Who Will Arbitrate: The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or JAMS ADR (“JAMS”) may arbitrate any dispute, or you and we may agree upon a different arbitrator. For more information about arbitration, contact the AAA (www.adr.org or 1-800-778-7879) or JAMS (www.jamsadr.com or 1-800- 352-5267). If for any reason the AAA or JAMS is unable or unwilling to arbitrate, or you and we cannot agree on an arbitrator, we will use another national or regional arbitration group.
The number of arbitrators will depend on the total dollar amount of all disputes by both you and us. If the total is $250,000 or less, one arbitrator will hear the dispute(s). If the total is over $250,000, three arbitrators will hear the dispute(s).
Each arbitrator must be an active member in good standing of the bar for any state in the continental United States, and either: (a) actively engaged in the practice of law for at least 5 years or (b) a retired judge.
What Rules Apply: The arbitration of any dispute will be conducted according to the rules of the arbitrator (“Rules”). If an arbitrator other than the AAA is chosen, the Rules of the AAA will be applied to any circumstance that is not addressed by the Rules of the chosen arbitrator. If the total of all disputes is $250,000 or less, we will use any expedited procedures in the Rules. If this Agreement and the Rules say something different, we will follow this Agreement and not the Rules.
How To Start Arbitration: Either you or we may start an arbitration by giving written notice to the other party. At a minimum, this notice must describe the subject of the dispute and the result requested in arbitration by the party giving the notice. If you ask us to arbitrate, you can choose the AAA or JAMS, or suggest another national or regional arbitration group to arbitrate the dispute. If we ask you to arbitrate, we will give you 10 days to choose the AAA or JAMS, or to suggest another national or regional arbitration group. In either case, if you suggest an alternative to the AAA and JAMS, we will work with you to determine if you and we can agree on a different group or arbitrator. If you and we are unable to agree, the arbitration will be conducted by the AAA or, if the AAA is not available, by a similar arbitration group. The party asking for arbitration must file a notice with the arbitration group following the Rules in effect at that time.
When a Party May Ask for Arbitration: You or we may ask for arbitration before or after a lawsuit has been filed. You or we must ask for arbitration within the statute of limitations that would apply to the same dispute in court. If it is too late to resolve the dispute in court, it is also too late to resolve it in arbitration.
What the Arbitrator(s) Must and May Not Do: Each arbitrator must:
Who Pays for Arbitration: There will be costs for arbitration. Contact the AAA or other arbitration group to find out what the arbitration charges will be. You may have to pay some of the arbitration charges unless this Agreement, an applicable law or the Rules say we must pay. If the total dollar amount of all disputes is $50,000 or less, we will pay that portion of the arbitration filing fee that is more than the cost of filing a lawsuit in the federal court where you live. You can ask us to pay some or all of the other arbitration charges you have to pay, but we don’t promise to do as you ask. At the end of the arbitration, the arbitrator(s) will decide who has to pay for any arbitration charges that are greater than those we agreed to pay. The arbitrator(s) also may order us to pay some or all of your attorneys, expert and witness fees. Unless ordered otherwise by the arbitrator(s), each of us must pay for its own attorneys, expert and witness fees, no matter who wins.
Where Will Arbitration Take Place: Any arbitration will take place in the federal judicial district near your home. Or, you and we could agree that arbitration will take place somewhere else.
What Law Applies: This arbitration provision is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce. The Federal Arbitration Act will apply to the construction, interpretation and enforceability of this arbitration provision despite any other choice of law provision in this Agreement.
Other Rights and Remedies: Nothing in this arbitration provision will limit certain other rights you or we may have. This means that you or we could, for example:
If you or we do any of these things or take part in any other court case, it does not affect your or our rights under this arbitration provision.
What Happens If Part or All of This Arbitration Provision Cannot Be Enforced: Only a court and not an arbitrator can determine if any part of this arbitration provision cannot be enforced. If a court with proper jurisdiction says that any part of the “No Class Disputes” subsection above (which prohibits arbitration of class disputes) cannot be enforced, then none of the arbitration section in this Agreement will apply, and this section will be considered deleted from the Agreement. If a court with proper jurisdiction says that any other part of this arbitration provision cannot be enforced, then the rest of this arbitration subsection still will apply, including the “No Class Disputes” subsection above.
Waiver Of Jury Trial: This provision limits your rights to a jury trial. You should review this section carefully. If you and we have any dispute related to this Agreement, your Account, or any transactions involving your Account or any service or product relating to your Account and (i) neither you nor we seek to compel arbitration of the dispute, or (ii) some or all of the arbitration section is unenforceable and the dispute will be resolved in court, then you and we
agree voluntarily and knowingly to waive any right each may have to a jury trial to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Attorneys’ Fees. In any action between you and us in court, the prevailing party will be entitled to receive from the other party an amount equal to the reasonable attorneys’ fees the prevailing party incurred in bringing or defending the court action.
New Account Verification and Other Inquiries. We may make inquiries that we consider appropriate and use third party services to help us verify your identity, obtain information regarding your previous banking relationships and determine if we should open, maintain, collect or close your account. We may also report the status, history and/or closure of your account to third-party services.
Identification. To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires us to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. For these reasons and for our internal purposes, when you apply for an account, we will ask for information that will allow us to
identify you. We may also ask for your driver’s license or other identifying documents.
Owners. You appoint all other account owners and authorized signers as your authorized agents for all purposes relating to your account including, but not limited to, endorsing checks, stopping payment, making deposits, making withdrawals, obtaining account information, making transfers from the account, closing the account, or pledging or assigning the account. A withdrawal from your account by any account owner or authorized signer will discharge our obligation to you with respect to the amount withdrawn, regardless of the source or ownership of the funds in the account. Any account owner of a multiple party account may add a new owner or authorized signer to the account. We may require a new signature card before any change in ownership or authorized signers becomes effective. We may, but are not required to, honor a request by you to prevent a withdrawal or transfer by any other account owner or authorized signer or to remove another account owner or authorized signer from the account. A service charge may apply if we honor the request, and you agree to indemnify us and hold us harmless from any loss or damage to you or anyone else that results from our honoring the request. You may be asked to sign additional documents or agreements in connection with the request.
Assignment of Account. No pledge, assignment, or other transfer of any account, whether by gift or otherwise, shall be binding on us unless acknowledged by us in writing. Unless we agree otherwise in writing, the account will remain subject to our rights of set off even after we receive notice of the transfer. We are not required to accept or recognize an attempted assignment of your account or any interest in it, including a notice of security interest, except as required by law.
Accounts are Transferable Only on Our Records. We reserve the right not to acknowledge or accept any attempted transfer of an account.
Authorization to Pay and Debit the Account. You authorize us to pay or withdraw funds from the account, without any notice to you, on the order of any account owner or authorized signer or on the order of any personal representative, guardian, conservator or custodian of any account owner (even if appointed in a state or country other than the one in which we maintain your account). You authorize us to honor orders to pay or withdraw funds received by us from any of these persons in writing, orally, or electronically (including by telephone).
Powers of Attorney/Agents. We may, but are not required to, honor orders and instructions concerning your account by an attorney-in-fact for any account owner or an authorized signer, or by a personal representative, guardian, conservator or custodian of an account owner. You should notify us in advance if you plan to use a power of attorney involving your account. We may require that a power of attorney be executed on a form acceptable to us, that the power of attorney contain language satisfactory to us and/or that the attorney-in-fact present the original power of attorney before we honor the orders or instructions of the attorney-in-fact. We may restrict the types and dollar amount of transactions an attorney-in-fact may conduct. We may terminate acceptance of a power of attorney at any time and for any reason and without notice to any account owner or any other person. If we honor the orders and instructions of the attorney-in-fact, account transactions conducted by the attorney-in-fact and the instructions and orders of the attorney-in-fact are binding on all account owners. If we accept a power of attorney, we may continue to recognize and honor the authority of the attorney-in-fact until we receive written notice of revocation or termination of authority and have had a reasonable time to act on it. We assume no duty to monitor the actions of your attorney-in fact to ensure that (s)he acts for your benefit.
If you make your checkbook, your checking account number, your ATM or Debit Card, or personal identification numbers and/or security codes available to an attorney-in-fact, agent or any third person for the purpose of transacting business on your account, you agree to assume full responsibility for any errors or wrongdoing performed or caused by such attorney-in-fact, agent or third person. You are responsible to us for any actions of such an attorney-in-fact, agent or third person, regardless of whether those actions exceed the authority given.
Service Charges; Other Charges. You acknowledge that you have been provided our current schedule of service charges and, if applicable, interest rates for your account. You agree that all service charges and any interest rates applicable to the account may be changed by us from time to time. You agree that we may debit from your account, even if your account is dormant, abandoned, or unclaimed, without any further notice or demand, all service charges applicable to your account, as well as charges for the purchase of checks, drafts, and other products or services ordered by you from or through us. You agree that if your account is closed during a statement cycle, at account closing, we may charge all service charges not yet posted to your account for that statement cycle. We shall not be liable for failing to pay any item presented against your account if the available balance is insufficient to pay the item, even if the insufficient available balance results solely from debiting these service and other charges from your account.
Processing and Posting Order. You authorize and agree that we may, in our sole discretion, determine the order that we process and post credits, debits and holds to your account. You also authorize and agree that the order and/or manner in which we process and post credits, debits and holds may vary by the product, service, account type or type of transaction. You also authorize and agree that we are allowed to pay or authorize some credits, debits, and holds, and decline or return others, in any order we deem appropriate. The order in which we post credits, debits and holds to your account may not be the same as the order in which you make the withdrawals from or deposits to your account. You agree that any order in which we process and post credits, debits and holds to your account will not be an abuse of discretion. If two or more items are presented for payment from your account on the same day, we may pay or charge the items to your account in any order without regard to any contrary instructions from you, even if paying a particular item or items causes the available balance for your account to be insufficient to pay one or more other items that otherwise could have been paid, which may result in the occurrence of additional or other service charges that otherwise may not have occurred. We may pay items drawn on us, debit your account for any service charges and other amounts that you owe us under this Agreement or otherwise, and we may exercise any rights of set off we may have against the account before we pay any other item.
If an item was initiated at a point-of-sale terminal or is a VISA transaction or ATM transaction, you agree that we may charge the amount of the item to your account or place a hold on your account in the amount requested by the merchant immediately upon authorization of such transaction, even though we have not then actually received the item for payment. We will make payment for a transaction only after the actual transaction is presented to us physically or electronically. Each such hold will reduce the available balance in your account by the amount of the hold.
Without limiting our options to process and post credits, debits and holds to your account in a different order and without limiting your authorization for us to do so, we generally process and post transactions to your account as follows. BBVA posts transactions to your account throughout the day, unlike many banks that post transactions at the end of the day. Our system allows us to more closely match the posting of transactions to your account with the timing of your actual transaction activity. This will enhance your banking experience by providing you more timely information concerning your account, but it is important to remember that because transactions post throughout the day, deposits made later in the day may not be available to cover withdrawals that post earlier in the day. Because transactions will post to your account throughout the day, it is important to keep an accurate account record and to be sure your available balance is always sufficient to cover your purchases, withdrawals and payments. Please refer to your Guide to Help You Manage your Account for examples of transaction posting times and for account management tips and details on services that can help with account management, such as online and mobile banking, text alerts.
Telephone Calls: Calling, Monitoring and Recording. By providing us with your home telephone number or cellular telephone number, you authorize us, and our affiliates to contact you using any Automatic Telephone Dialing System, Prerecorded Voice, Voicemail, or Messaging Service. In addition, you agree that we may also contact you at any telephone number that we obtain for you in the future using any Automatic Telephone Dialing System, Prerecorded Voice, Voicemail, or Messaging Service. As examples, we may place calls to you about fraud alerts, deposit holds, and amounts you owe us (collection calls) on your accounts. This express consent applies to each telephone number that you provide to us now or in the future. You agree to notify us promptly if any of your contact information changes. Calls and messages may incur charges from your communications provider.
You consent and authorize us to monitor, and to record, telephone conversations and other electronic communications you have with us and with our representatives for reasonable business purposes, including security and quality assurance. We may not remind you that we may be monitoring or recording a call at the outset of the call unless required by law to do so.
Periodic Statements. If we have a deliverable address on file for you, we will mail, or otherwise make available to you periodic statements for your deposit account at approximately monthly intervals unless we specify to you another interval period when you open your account or thereafter. The account statement will describe each item by item number (where appropriate), amount, and date of debit or credit. For certain types of accounts, the periodic statement may be accompanied by the items or a facsimile of those items listed on the statement, unless the item or an image of the item is unavailable for any reason, for example, when an item is electronically presented (or re-presented) for payment against your account. If we comply with the foregoing provisions of this Section, you agree that the statement and items all have been made available to you in a reasonable manner. We will not be responsible for any indirect, special or consequential damages under any circumstances for our inability to provide copies of checks. Our liability, if any, will not exceed the face amount of the check in question.
Mailing and Availability. Periodic statements and canceled checks, to the extent we have agreed to provide either of them for your account, and written notices of dishonor or return of unpaid deposited items, or any other notice or communication, may be mailed to you at the address shown in our records or a forwarding address for you if one is on file with the U.S. Postal Service. However, we will not mail any account information to an address that the U.S. Postal Service has informed us is “undeliverable” or otherwise invalid. We use reasonable efforts to maintain the first statement(s) returned as undeliverable for sixty (60) days, or such longer period of time as may be required by applicable law, after which time we may dispose of the statement and original items. However, we retain printable versions of your account statements for seven (7) years, or longer periods as may be required by applicable law. You agree to give us written notice of any change of your address. Periodic statements, and written notices of dishonor or return of unpaid deposited items, or any other notice or communication, may be delivered to you electronically if you have agreed to receive such notices and communications electronically. You agree to notify us promptly if you do not receive your statement by the date you normally would expect to receive it. We may, but are not required to, change the address for you in our records if the U.S. Postal Service notifies us of a new address for you, and you waive any and all claims against us that arise in connection with any mail forwarded to you or sent to an address for you supplied to us by the U.S. Postal Service. Any account owner or authorized signer of a joint account may change the mailing address for your account. Notice to any one account owner shall constitute notice to all joint account owners in a joint account. We may make statements, canceled checks (if applicable to your account), notices or other communications available to you by holding all or any of these items for you, or delivering all or any of these items to you, in accordance with your request or instructions. If we hold statements or notices to you at your request or because you fail to provide us with a current address, they will be deemed delivered to you when they are prepared (for held statements), mailed (for returned mail) or otherwise made available to you.
Errors; Unauthorized Transactions and Forgeries. Our records regarding your accounts will be deemed correct unless you timely establish with us that we made an error. It is essential that any account errors (including missing deposits or deposits that do not apply to your account), unauthorized transactions, alterations, unauthorized signatures, unauthorized or forged endorsements, forgeries, encoding errors, posting errors (such as debits or credits posted twice, debits posted as credits or credits posted as debits), unauthorized or disputed fees (of any kind) or any other improper transactions on your account (collectively referred to as “exceptions”) be reported to us as soon as reasonably possible. Otherwise, we may not be liable for the exceptions. You agree that you will carefully examine each account statement or notice you receive and report any exceptions to us promptly after you receive the statement or notice. You agree to act in a prompt and reasonable manner in reviewing your statement or notice and reporting any exceptions to us. If you do not report an exception to us within thirty (30) days after we send or make the statement or notice available to you, you agree that we will not be liable to you for any loss you suffer related to that exception and that you cannot later dispute the transaction amounts and information contained in the statement. This means that, if you do not report exceptions to us within thirty (30) days after we send or make the statement or notice available to you, we will not reimburse you for any such disputed amounts or any loss you suffer, including, but not limited to, any amounts lost as a result of: paying any unauthorized, forged, or altered item, or paying any other item altered or forged by the same wrongdoer if we paid the other item before we received notice of any of these exceptions from you. Except as provided by applicable law, you also agree that we will not be required to reimburse you for any exceptions caused by your own negligence. Different rules may apply to items that are electronic fund transfers. In any case, you agree to repay us promptly any amount credited to your account in error, and you authorize us to debit your account to obtain payment of any erroneous credit.
Record Retention. We will retain any item paid on your account for a period of fifteen (15) business days from the date the item posts to your account. We will retain copies of those items for seven (7) years.
Signatures; Facsimile Signatures. We may rely on each signature on a signature card for the account or on prior authorized items in all transactions connected with the account. We are not required to act upon instructions received by fax transmission, voice mail or e-mail. If you use a facsimile signature or other mechanical or electronic device for signing or authenticating items drawn on your account, you assume the entire risk that the facsimile signature or device may be used improperly or by an unauthorized person. We will not reimburse you or any other person for items drawn in this fashion by any unauthorized person or by any person who exceeds his or her authority to do so, and we may honor all of these type items presented to us. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all losses resulting from our honoring an item in any instance in which the item bears or purports to bear a facsimile signature resembling a signature on file with us, regardless of by whom or by what means the actual or purported signature was affixed to the item. You agree that signatures by your authorized agents (e.g., persons acting under a power of attorney) are valid, even if the principal-agent relationship is not indicated on the check or instruction.
Check Signature Verification. We may process certain checks mechanically, based on the information encoded on the items. Although we may review checks from time to time, you agree that reasonable commercial standards do not require us to do so.
Items not Bearing Your Signature. If you give information about your account to a third-party who represents to you that, in the ordinary course of its business, it will present unsigned items, remotely created checks or demand drafts, (i.e., items which do not bear your actual signature, but purport to be drawn with your authorization) for payment or initiate transfers from your accounts, then any item initiated by that person will be deemed authorized by you, even though they do not contain your signature and may exceed the amount you authorized to be charged, and may be charged to your account. This provision shall not obligate us to honor such items. We may refuse to honor such items without cause or prior notice, even if we have honored similar items in the past. You assume the entire risk that the information you furnished may be used improperly or by an unauthorized person. We will not reimburse you or any other person for items drawn in this fashion by any unauthorized person or by any person who exceeds his or her authority to do so, and we may honor all of these type items presented to us.
Wire Transfers. When we accept a wire transfer payment order instructing payment to you or to your account, we will notify you of our receipt of payment by indicating the amount in your account statement. If the payment order does not specify an account, we may deposit the payment into any account that you maintain with us (including joint accounts). Your account statement will be the only notice of receipt which we will provide you, and no interest will be paid on wire transfer payments deposited into your account unless the account otherwise pays interest. You agree to pay all charges for wire transfer services stated in our schedule of service charges, as amended from time to time. Payment orders will not be accepted until executed by us. We reserve the right to refuse to accept any payment order. If there is ever any inconsistency or conflict between the account number and the name of a recipient on an instruction or payment order, we may rely exclusively on the account number and bank identification number contained in a payment order rather than the name. If you give us a payment order that is erroneous in any way, you agree to pay the amount of the order whether or not the error could have been detected by any security procedure we employ. Amendments to a payment order must be provided to us at least three business days prior to our execution of the payment order. We may record any telephone conversations or data transmissions that initiate or amend payment orders. The exchange rate on a return payment order shall be the rate in effect at the time the return is received.
Insufficient Available Balance and Overdrafts. If your available balance is insufficient to pay the total amount of items presented against your account, we may, at our option, return any of the items unpaid or pay any or all of the items, even though payment will cause an overdraft of your account. We may return any item at any time if your available balance is insufficient to pay that item, even if we previously have permitted overdrafts. You are not entitled to rely on any prior act by us with respect to your account. Our election to pay overdrafts does not establish a course of dealing between you and us or modify the terms of this Agreement. You agree that, if your available balance is insufficient to pay any item presented against your account, you will pay promptly both our service charge for handling and processing that item and the amount of any overdraft without further notice or demand. Your failure to pay these amounts promptly may result in additional service charges to your account. We may use subsequent deposits and other credits to the account to cover any overdraft and any charges existing in your account. Each account owner will be jointly and severally liable for the charges regardless of which account owner is responsible for their occurrence. In the event you fail to pay any amounts that you owe us related to the account, including but not limited to, service charges and/or overdraft charges, you agree to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by us in collecting such account, including without limitation, attorney’s fees, collection agency fees, and court costs. These charges are imposed on items created by check, in-person withdrawal, ATM withdrawal, or other electronic means.
Inter-Account Transfers. If you are an owner of two or more consumer accounts that we allow to be linked, you may, by separate agreement, designate one of those accounts as a secondary account from which funds may be transferred to cover items (individually and collectively called a “covered item”) presented for payment out of another, primary account. If you make this designation, either at the time you open your accounts or later, and if the available balance in the primary account is insufficient to pay the amount of any covered item at the time of presentment, then we will automatically transfer from the secondary account into the primary account the specific amount necessary to pay that covered item. You agree to pay the currently applicable service charge as described in the fee schedule. We will have no obligation to pay any covered item if the combined available balances in the secondary account and primary account at the time the covered item is presented to us for payment are insufficient to pay the covered item, provided however, in our sole discretion, we may either: (i) transfer the available funds in your secondary account to the primary account and pay the item, although it may cause an overdraft subject to the provisions regarding overdrafts discussed above; or (ii) not transfer the available funds from your secondary account to your primary account, and your primary account will be subject to the provisions regarding insufficient funds and overdrafts discussed above. We will have no obligation to pay any covered item if the secondary account is in dormant, inactive, or frozen status. In this situation, if no funds are transferred, you will not be assessed any service charge for the transfer, but your primary account will be subject to the provisions regarding insufficient available balances and overdrafts discussed above.
Stop Payment Orders. You may request us to stop payment on any check, draft, or similar written order or instruction drawn on your account by giving us the information we may request, including the account number, the item number, the date of the item, the payee of the item, and the exact amount of the item, and by paying our stop payment service charge. We will search for your item by computer, so it is essential that all information you give us be accurate. To be effective, we must receive any stop payment order in time to afford us a reasonable opportunity to act. We will confirm your oral stop payment order in writing, and the information included in our written confirmation will be conclusively presumed to be correct unless you notify us within fourteen (14) days of the date of the confirmation.
Confirmed stop payment orders will be continued in effect for a period of two (2) years from the date the initial oral stop payment order was placed or such other period of time as required or under applicable law, regulation or rule (including, but not limited to, the UCC as enacted under any applicable law, regulations issued by the Federal Reserve Board and rules issued by the National Clearinghouse Association). A confirmed stop payment order will expire at the end of the two-year period unless you revoke it at an earlier date or renew it in writing for an additional two-year period and pay our stop payment service charge. You may not stop payment on an item if we have verified to the payee that the available balance in your account is sufficient to pay such item, or if we have accepted that item by payment or otherwise. Any account owner or authorized signer may place a stop payment order, and we are not required to release a stop payment order unless requested to do so by the account owner or the authorized signer who requested it. You agree to indemnify us and hold us harmless from and against any loss, damages, and expenses (including attorney’s fee) we may incur by reason of our refusal to pay any item upon which you have stopped payment. For stop payment orders on pre-authorized electronic funds transfers, please refer to the Electronic Fund Transfer Disclosure Statement in this Agreement.
Illegal Transactions. You agree that you will not use your account for any transaction that is illegal in the jurisdiction where you live, in the jurisdiction where the transaction is consummated, or in any other jurisdiction affected by the transaction. You agree that it is your responsibility to determine the legality of each of your transactions in all applicable jurisdictions before entering into the transaction. You acknowledge and agree that we have no obligation to monitor, to review or to evaluate the legality of transactions on your account. You also agree that you will not use your account in connection with any Internet or online gambling transaction, whether or not gambling is legal in any applicable jurisdiction. We reserve the right to refuse or return any item that we believe is related to an illegal transaction, an Internet or online gambling transaction or a high-risk transaction. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree to pay for any item that you authorized, even if the transaction related to that item is determined to be illegal.
Deposits. We may require a minimum initial deposit to open an account. You may make additional deposits of any amount of $1.00 or more either in person, by mail, at an ATM, a night depository, or by electronic funds transfer. Deposits made by mail or in a night depository must be accompanied by a completed deposit slip. We may charge for deposits, and we also may refuse to accept for deposit or collection any item you offer for deposit, accept all or any part of a deposit for collection only, or limit the amount of the deposit. If your deposit is other than cash, for example, checks, we may without prior notice to you (except where prior notice is required by law) place a hold on the account for the amount of deposited items for the approximate period of time it takes us to verify that the items will be paid. During the hold period, interest-bearing accounts will earn interest in accordance with the interest schedule. Items accepted for deposit and drawn on a non-U.S. institution may be subject to a service charge. We may accept an item for deposit to your account from anyone and without questioning or verifying the authority of the person making the deposit. Any item that we cash or accept for deposit may be subject to later verification and final payment. We may deduct funds from your account if an item is lost (unless such item was lost due to BBVA USA’s negligence), stolen or destroyed in the collection process, if it is returned to us unpaid, or if it was improperly paid, even if you have already used the funds. Cash deposits are also subject to later verification. Credit for any item we accept for deposit to your account, including funds that are deposited by electronic transfer, is provisional and may be revoked if the item is not finally paid, for any reason, in cash or its equivalent. We may give cash back to any authorized account signer(s) or agent(s) in connection with items payable to any owner, whether or not the items have been endorsed by the owner. If you make a deposit or payment that is not accompanied by instructions indicating how or where it is to be credited, we may apply it at our discretion to any loan or deposit account any of you maintains with us. We may endorse and/ or collect items deposited to your account without your endorsement, but may require your personal endorsement prior to accepting an item for deposit. If you deposit an item that bears the endorsements of more than one person or persons who are not known to us, we may refuse the item, require all endorsers to be present, or require that the endorsement be guaranteed by another financial institution acceptable to us before we accept the item.
Our policy on the availability of deposits for withdrawal is described in the Funds Availability Disclosure portion of this Agreement.
Collection as Agent. Items delivered to us for deposit or collection are received by us as your agent for collection and at your risk. We may accept an item for collection only (such as a returned deposited item or an item drawn on a non-U.S. institution) and impose a service charge for attempting collection of the item. In situations where we accept an item for collection only, we will not give you cash or an official check for the items until the items have been paid. We are obligated only to exercise ordinary care in handling and collecting items delivered to us for deposit or collection. We shall not be liable for the misconduct, neglect, insolvency, mistake, or fault of other persons or entities, or for loss or destruction of any item in transit or in the possession of others or for loss of use as a result of theft, fire, or other event beyond our reasonable control. If any item deposited to your account is payable by a payor that is not a bank, we may send the item directly to that payor. Items payable through another bank may be sent directly to that bank or to collecting agents who likewise shall have the right to send the items directly to the bank on which they are drawn or at which they are payable. Payment of these items may be accepted in cash or drafts and neither we nor any collecting agents shall be liable for failure to collect such drafts. Each collecting agent is deemed to be your agent. No collecting agent shall be liable for loss arising from any act or omission of another agent.
Check Cashing For Others. You should not use your account to cash checks for others who are not well known to you. Although we may make funds provisionally available to you and may take steps to determine whether a check will be paid, you are responsible for any loss that occurs if the check is returned to us for any reason (e.g., because it is counterfeit). Our employees cannot promise that checks drawn on or issued by us or other institutions, including cashier’s checks, will be paid.
Visa Credits. Any credit transaction (e.g. a merchandise return) on your Visa® Debit Card may show as a pending credit in your transaction history. The pending credit will not be included in your Available Balance until the funds are received and processed by the Bank. See your Debit Card Agreement for additional details.
ACH Credits. Credit for an automated clearinghouse (“ACH”) transfer is provisional until final payment is received by the payee’s financial institution. Until that happens, the party originating the transfer is not deemed to have made payment to the beneficiary, and the payee’s bank is entitled to a refund of the provisional credit. If we give you provisional credit for an ACH transfer, but do not receive final payment, you become obligated to us for the full amount without prior notice or demand. We are not required to give you a separate notice of our receipt of an ACH transfer. If we accept ACH credits to your account, you will receive notice of the credit on your next regular periodic statement. Although we may send notice of a non-ACH incoming funds transfer (e.g., a wire), we assume no obligation to do so. You also can contact us to determine if a transfer has been credited to your account.
US Dollar Cash Deposit Limitations. BBVA will impose limitations on the amount of US dollar cash deposits by non-resident customers. Under this policy, if you are an individual who is not a US resident, the aggregate amount of US dollar cash deposits that may be made into your account during any calendar month is limited to $4,000. This limitation will not apply to deposits made by check or other non-cash deposits. At our discretion, we may at any time without prior written notice to you (except where prior notice is required by law) establish or change the aggregate US dollar cash deposit limit by posting the maximum US dollar limit in each of our banking centers. We reserve the right to refuse any US dollar cash deposit that exceeds, or would cause the aggregate of such deposits to exceed, our established aggregate US dollar cash deposit limitations.
Joint Deposits. If an account is a joint account or a P.O.D. account (including a “Totten” trust account), our rights and liabilities for payment of any sums on deposit shall be governed by the laws of the state in which we maintain your account.
Deposits by Minors, Agents or Trustees. A deposit accepted from or on behalf of a minor, at our option, and subject to applicable law may be paid to or for the minor, and the payment shall be valid even though not executed by the minor’s guardian, custodian, or legal representative. Where a deposit is accepted from an agent, trustee, or other representative, we do not have to inquire as to the authority of the representative, and the deposit may be paid to the account owner or to the representative without inquiring as to the disposition of the deposit.
Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA) Deposits. A gift of money to a minor named as beneficiary of a UTMA account is irrevocable, will be considered made in accordance with the provisions of applicable state statutes governing uniform transfers to minors, and shall include all interest earned on the account.
Check Endorsement Standards. If you deposit checks into your account, you are responsible for the condition of the back of the check when it is deposited. The back of the check is used during the check collection process to record the identification of banks processing the check. Most of the back of the check is reserved for bank use. You agree that the endorsement of the check must be contained in the payee endorsement area, which is limited to 1-1/2 inches from the trailing edge of the check on the back. The trailing edge of the check is defined as the left side of the check looking at it from the front. Any writing, stamp, or marking outside of the payee endorsement area may delay the proper return of any unpaid check you have deposited. You agree to indemnify us from any loss or liability, including attorney’s fees, that may be caused by your failure to adhere to the endorsement standards of the Federal Reserve System.
Foreign Currencies. Deposits in foreign currencies will be converted to U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect at the time of final collection. You will be responsible for verification of any exchange rate information provided by us in advance of final collection. Exchange rates may fluctuate significantly in a short period of time. You bear all exchange risk related to deposits of foreign currency.
ATM Depositories, Night Depositories, Direct Deposit, and Deposits by Mail. Our ATMs, night depositories, direct deposit service, and deposit by mail service are for your convenience. We are not accountable for deposits made in this manner until the deposit is actually accepted and processed by our authorized employees. Deposits made in this manner will be posted to your account on the date accepted by our authorized employees. Our records are conclusive proof of what deposits we received from you through ATM depositories, night depositories, or the mail service. If any direct deposit is recalled, we are authorized to reverse the deposit without prior notice to you, except as otherwise required by law. Your claim that an item was deposited, which is now missing, will not create a presumption that there is a missing item or that we failed to act with ordinary care.
Chargebacks. This section applies to items that you deposit or cash. In the event a cashed or deposited item drawn on us (an “on us” item) is determined by us not to be payable for any reason or a cashed or deposited item drawn on any other payor is returned to us for any reason, without regard to whether the other payor returned the item to us before its deadline to do so, we may charge the item (a “chargeback item”) to your account or to any account of which you are an owner (including any joint account) or an authorized signer. We may debit all or part of a chargeback item to your account even if doing so results in or causes an overdraft of your account and regardless of whether the item can be physically returned to you. You waive notice of dishonor in connection with any item that is not finally paid in full and that we charge back to your account. We may recover from you any amount withdrawn by you against a chargeback item. In the event that our debit of all or part of a chargeback item results in or causes an overdraft of your account, we may obtain and retain possession of the item, if it is available, until we recover from you the amount of any overdraft of your account and for a reasonable time thereafter. If our debit of all or part of a chargeback item that is an “on us” item does not result in or cause an overdraft of your account, our deadline for return to you of the item, if it is available, shall be six business days after we make such determination. If we are notified that any item for which you received payment or credit to your account is not properly payable, you agree that, without notice to you, we may authorize the drawee bank to hold the item and try to obtain payment. We will not initially decide whether a cashed or deposited item has been improperly returned; if you believe that a cashed or deposited item has been improperly returned, you should contact us immediately. We will not be responsible for failing to pay any item presented against your account before a deposit becomes available for withdrawal, as set forth above, if the available balance in your account, without regard to such deposit, is insufficient to pay the item, as provided in Section 6.
Service Charges; Error Correction. We may debit a service charge from your account for each deposited item that: is returned to us unpaid (whether for the first or a subsequent time); bears an unauthorized signature; prior to deposit, has been altered, erased, defaced or mutilated; or is incorrectly described on the deposit slip. Errors in posting, addition, subtraction and calculation, whether by you or us, are subject to correction by us at any time; provided that we may not be obligated to correct certain errors if you fail to notify us of the exceptions in a timely manner as described in Section 5. You agree to repay us promptly any amount credited to your account in error, and you authorize us to charge your account or any other account of which you are an account owner, to obtain payment of any erroneous payment or credit.
Allocation of Deposits/Split Deposits. You may request that the total amount of a deposit be allocated in portions and credited to multiple accounts, which may include a loan account. We may, in our sole discretion, decline any split deposit request and require that the deposit be made into one account. If a hold (as described in the Deposits sub-section above) is placed on all or any portion of the deposit, the hold may be placed on any one account to which funds were deposited for the total amount of the hold, notwithstanding the split deposit. In the event a deposited item becomes a chargeback item, we may debit all or part of the chargeback item to any one account to which funds were deposited, even if doing so results in or causes an overdraft of the account.
Stale and Postdated Checks and Checks Bearing Notations; Miscellaneous. We may, in our discretion and without notice to you, either pay or return any check that is presented to us for payment more than six (6) months after the date of that check (a “stale-dated” check), even if the presentation occurs after the expiration of a stop payment order. We normally do not examine the date on checks presented for payment. You agree that we are not required to identify stale-dated checks or to seek your permission to pay them. We also may, in our discretion and without notice to you, either pay or return any check we receive before the date on that check unless you have complied with any applicable statute regarding postdated checks and you have provided us with notice of the postdating in time for us to have a reasonable opportunity to act on it before the check is presented to us for payment. Your notice about any postdated check must be given in the same manner as a stop payment order and must provide the same information required for stop payment orders. Each postdated item covered by a notice of postdating will be subject to a service charge. We may disregard any information on an item drawn on your account other than the signature of the authorized signer, the amount of the item, the date of the item (subject to the provisions of this Agreement regarding stale and postdated checks), the account number, the endorsements, and any other information which appears in magnetic ink at the bottom of the check. Although we are not obligated to, we may pay or accept checks and other items bearing restrictions or notations (e.g., “void after 6 months,” “two signatures required,” “payee’s endorsement required,” “not good for more than $(amount),” “void if not paid in (number) days,” “payment in full,” and the like), whether on the front or back, in any form or format. If you cash or deposit an item or write a check with such a notation, you agree that it applies only between you and the payee or maker. The notation will have no effect on us, and you agree to accept responsibility for payment of the item. We shall have the right, but not the obligation, to process any item that is materially incomplete or has been altered.
You may withdraw part or all of your account’s available balance. Any account owner or authorized signer of a joint account or any agent of any owner may withdraw all or part of the available balance in the account, regardless of who deposited the funds into the account. We accept no responsibility or obligation, except as required by law, to supervise or review the use of your account.
Multiple Signatures. Although your signature card, or your checks may indicate that more than one signature is required on checks and for the withdrawal or transfer of funds, that notation is principally for your own purpose. We expressly disclaim a duty to enforce multiple signature requirements. As such, we expressly disclaim a duty to confirm that two or more (or any combination) of authorized users have approved any transaction. We may act upon the instructions or order of any one owner or authorized signer.
Restrictions on Withdrawals. Your account may be subject to certain transaction limitations, which are shown in the disclosure provided to you at the time you opened your account. We may at any time and without prior notice to you (except where prior notice is required by law) establish or change transaction limitations for any account. If these limitations are exceeded, you will be subject to any charges in effect at the time. In addition, we may stop paying interest on an interest-bearing account, or we may close the account without prior notice to you (except where prior notice is required by law). We also may require you to provide notice before you may withdraw money from certain types of accounts.
All checks written on your account must be drawn in U.S. dollars. We may (but are not obligated to) require suitable identification and/or presentation of account ownership records for any withdrawal or account closure. At our discretion, we may require all of your signatures for the withdrawal of funds and/ or the closing of any account. We may require noncustomers to present us with suitable identification, including valid photo identification, in connection with the cashing of your checks at one of our offices.
Cash withdrawal or payments at any branch may be restricted due to the limited amount of currency on hand. If we do not have sufficient cash for a large withdrawal or payment, we may make arrangements for a later cash payment or offer to make payment with a Bank check. We assume no responsibility to provide personal protection for customers who elect to carry large sums of money off of our premises.
Without prior written notice to you, we may place a hold on your account or a portion of your account to cover a claim that we have against your account, or to cover any other indebtedness you have with us or to cover a claim presented to us by a third party. Or, we may pay the source of the claim when we receive any notice, claim, or court order which we believe may affect your account (such as liens, garnishments, attachments, levies, injunctions, or other orders of a court or other governmental agency), regardless of the form or manner in which we receive the notice, claim, or court order and regardless of whether we are a named party to the notice, claim, or court order. We will not be responsible for refusing to let you withdraw funds from the account or refusing to pay items presented against your account while the hold is in effect or after we have paid funds to the source of the claim.
Conflicting Demands/Disputes. If there is any controversy, dispute or uncertainty regarding the ownership of an account or its funds, there are conflicting demands over its ownership or control, we are unable to determine any person’s authority to give us instructions, or we believe a transaction may be fraudulent or may violate any law, we may refuse to pay any funds to anyone until we are satisfied that the controversy, dispute or uncertainty is resolved, or we may continue to honor the authority of account owners and authorized signers as reflected on our records. Specifically, we may, in our sole discretion: (1) freeze the account and refuse transactions until we receive written proof (in form and substance satisfactory to us) of each person’s right and authority over the account and its funds; (2) refuse transactions and return checks, marked “Refer to Maker” (or similar language); (3) require the signatures of all authorized signers for the withdrawal of funds, the closing of an account, or any change in the account regardless of the number of authorized signers on the account; (4) pay or offer to pay the account balance to a court of appropriate jurisdiction, naming all of the claimants to the account as defendants in an interpleader action (you agree to reimburse us for all expenses we incur in an interpleader action, including attorney’s fees and costs, and we may obtain reimbursement of those expenses from your account without notice to you); and/or (5) continue to honor checks and other instructions given to us by persons who appear as authorized signers according to our records. The existence of the rights set forth above shall not impose an obligation on us to assert such rights or to deny a transaction. We will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer as a result of our refusal to allow you or anyone else to withdraw funds due to the controversy, dispute or uncertainty or our allowing any existing owner or authorized signer to continue to conduct transactions on the account during the controversy, dispute or uncertainty.
Legal Process. We may comply with any writ of attachment, execution, garnishment, tax levy, restraining order, subpoena, warrant or other legal process which we believe (correctly or otherwise) to be valid. If we are not fully reimbursed for our record research, photocopying and handling costs by the party that served the process, we may charge such costs to your account, in addition to our minimum legal process fee. You agree to reimburse us for any cost or expense, including attorney fees, which we incur in responding to legal process related to your accounts. We may not pay interest on any funds we hold or set aside in response to legal process. You agree that we may honor legal process that is served personally, by mail, by email, or by facsimile transmission at any of our offices (including locations other than where the funds, records or property sought is held), even if the law requires personal delivery at the office where your account or records are maintained. You acknowledge that accounts opened with trust or fiduciary designations (e.g., “XYZ, Inc. - Client Trust Account”) may be subject to levies and other legal process against your property unless our records clearly reflect the existence of an express written trust or court order.
Photocopies. Checks and other items are sometimes lost during processing or while in transit. If a photocopy of a check or other item that appears to be drawn on your account is presented to us for payment in place of the original, we may pay the photocopy if it is accompanied by a representation from another financial institution that the original item has been lost or destroyed.
We may establish two “sub-accounts” on our books for certain deposit accounts. If we elect to establish the sub-accounts, it will not affect the other terms and conditions of your account or this Agreement, the Federal Deposit Insurance protection afforded on your account, the interest (if any) paid on your account, the service charges imposed in connection with your account, or the Truth in Savings disclosure given to you. Both of the sub-accounts will remain your accounts, but will be used by us internally to manage your funds. The first sub-account will qualify as and be treated as a “savings deposit account” for the purposes of Federal Reserve Board regulations. You authorize us to transfer funds between the two sub-accounts consistent with Federal Reserve Board regulations. As such, we must advise you that the regulations require that we reserve the right to require at least seven days’ written notice prior to the withdrawal or transfer of funds from the savings sub-account. We do not currently exercise that right with respect to these savings sub-accounts. In the event we determine to exercise that right, we will close the savings sub-account and transfer all funds back to your current account and cease the sub-account agreement. Your deposit and withdrawal capabilities are not affected by our election to establish the sub-account.
Dormant accounts may be subject to a service charge based on the dormant status as further described in the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. Charges are not reimbursed for inactive or dormant accounts that are later reclassified as “active.” For security reasons, we may refuse a withdrawal or transfer from accounts we internally classify as dormant if we cannot reach you in a timely fashion to confirm the transaction’s authorization. In the case of interest-bearing accounts that become dormant, we also may reduce the rate of interest or cease paying interest as disclosed on the applicable schedule of service charges and in accordance with applicable state law. Once an account is classified as being in dormant status, you should contact the bank to request that the account be reclassified as “active.” Simply conducting a transaction on an account classified as dormant will not necessarily cause the account to be reclassified as “active”. We may be required to transfer the balance in any account that remains dormant, or that is otherwise considered “abandoned” or “unclaimed” for the period of time described by the laws of the state where we maintain your account (or, if applicable, the laws of the state of your last residence as shown on our records) to that state as “abandoned” or “unclaimed” property. If funds are remitted to the state, you may file a claim with the state to recover the funds.
You acknowledge that, except as otherwise prohibited by law, we have the right to charge or set off against your account any indebtedness or other obligations which you or any owner owe us, at any time, without any further notice to or demand on you, whether the indebtedness or other obligations exist at the time the account is opened or arise later. The indebtedness includes, without limitation, all charges and overdrafts incurred on any account you hold with us. You agree that we may set off against the account any claim which we have against you without regard to the source or ownership of the funds on deposit in the account and without requirement that the claim be owed to us by all of the account owners. You also agree that, to the extent allowed by law, we may set off any indebtedness or other obligations which you owe us under this Agreement against any other account or property in which you have an ownership interest that is in our possession or control.
You waive and agree that we may waive certain legal requirements called presentment, demand for payment, protest, notice of protest, and notice of dishonor with respect to any and all items for which you received payment or credit from us. No departure by us from the provisions of this Agreement or any waiver of any fees and charges with respect to your Account shall constitute a waiver by us of any further right to impose any charges or enforce the provisions of this Agreement or a course of dealing different from the terms of this Agreement.
If you have chosen to receive any of our other banking services offered in connection with your account, such as Debit Cards, ATM cards, overdraft lines of credit, online banking and mobile banking, we may provide the specific terms and conditions of the additional service to you in a separate agreement or disclosure.
Interest will be paid on interest-bearing accounts at the times and at the rates adopted from time to time by us. On each interest payment date, interest will be paid only if, on that date, the ledger balance for the account is equal to or more than the minimum amount required by us in order for you to receive interest on that account. At any time and without prior notice to you (except where prior notice is required by law), we may change these rates and minimum ledger balance amounts or discontinue the payment of interest. The originally effective interest rates and required minimum ledger balance amounts are shown on the interest schedule provided to you at the time you opened your account, and a schedule containing current interest rates and required minimum ledger balance amounts is available to you upon request. Interest paid to you is reportable to the Internal Revenue Service as having been received by the first account owner shown on the signature card maintained for the account. We may be required to withhold a portion of your interest payment and remit it to the Internal Revenue Service.
Converting Your Account. We reserve the right to change your consumer account to a business account if we determine that it is used for business purposes (meaning that the account is not used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes). Your account may be considered a business account if, among other reasons, it fits into one or more of the following examples: your account has a business name; deposits include credit card drafts; your account has over 100 withdrawals per month; deposits regularly contain over $2,500 in cash; or your account has over 10 deposits per month.
If we discontinue your type of account, we may convert your account to another type of accounts. We may also convert your account to another type of account based on our evaluation of how you use the account. If we convert your account, we will provide you with information containing the terms and conditions of your new account.
Changing Checking or Savings Product/Account Type. If you should change from one checking or savings product/account type to another during the statement period, your account will be subject to the periodic charges and fees and requirements of the new product/account type for the entire period.
Except as otherwise provided by law, this Agreement and all accounts are governed by the laws of the state where we maintain your account and applicable federal laws and regulations in effect from time to time and are subject to any applicable automated or other clearinghouse rules and regulations. For purposes of this Agreement, your account will be deemed to be maintained in the state where you opened your account. Your account is considered to have been opened: if you opened your account in person, at the branch office where you opened your account; if you opened your account by mail, at the location where the mail was received by us; or if you opened your account electronically (including by telephone) and your address is in a state where we have branch offices, in the state of your address at the time you opened your account; or if otherwise, in Alabama.
Checks. Check prices vary according to the types of checks you select. You can obtain information on the current price of checks by contacting us. Check charges may vary from time to time without specific notice to you. You are responsible for verifying the accuracy of all information shown on your checks and deposit tickets. If you find an error, please notify us immediately. We are not liable for losses resulting from incorrectly printed checks or deposit tickets. If you do not purchase your checks through us, we may charge a fee for each check that rejects during processing due to poor quality or other reasons. You agree not to issue checks with features or marks that obscure, alter or impair information on the front or back of a check or that otherwise prevents us or another bank from capturing such information during automated check processing. You agree to safeguard your blank and cancelled checks, and to take reasonable steps to prevent their unauthorized use. If your checks are lost or stolen, you agree to notify us immediately. For security reasons, we reserve the right to close your account and transfer the balance to a new account. If we do, all checks written but not yet paid may be returned to payees with notations such as “Account Closed” or “Refer to Maker.” You will be responsible for issuing any replacement checks.
Closing Your Account. We reserve the right to close your account at any time, for any reason or for no reason, without the necessity of prior written notice. If we close your account, we will notify you by mail or telephone that we have closed your account unless your account has had a zero balance for thirty (30) days or more. If you have agreed to receive notices electronically, we may notify you electronically. We may (but do not have to) mail you a check for the available balance in your account, or you may pick up a check for the available balance at our office. Written notice that the account has been closed and a check, if any, will be sent to any address shown on our records for you, or if the account is a joint account, to any account owner to whom we elect to send it. Once we have closed your account, you agree that we can:
We are not responsible to you for any damages you may suffer as a result of your account being closed. If you attempt to make a deposit to an account we closed due to non-payment of an overdraft or otherwise, we may collect the deposit and set off your indebtedness to us and collect a service charge from the amount you deposited. Any funds in excess of $1.00 will be returned to you.
We reserve the right to refuse your request to close your account, if your account is not in good standing. If you intend to close your account, you should notify us. Simply reducing your account balance to $0.00 is insufficient notice and may result in additional fees charged to your account. If you close your account you are responsible for transactions you initiated or authorized, including those that we receive after the account is closed.
Indemnification. Except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless from all claims, actions, proceedings, fines, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, attorney fees) related to or arising out of: (a) your actions and omissions in connection with your accounts or our services, and (b) our actions and omissions, provided that they are taken/omitted in accordance with this Agreement or your instructions. This provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
Survival of this Agreement. All provisions of this Agreement, including, but not limited to the dispute resolution provisions contained in Section 3, shall survive the termination of this Agreement or closure of your account(s) by either party for actions arising in connection with this Agreement or your account(s).
Amendments/Changes to this Agreement. We may amend or change (add to, delete or alter) the terms of this Agreement from time to time upon giving prior notice to you. Amendments of this
Agreement may include modifying and deleting existing provisions and adding new provisions. We agree to provide you notice of any amendment (except an amendment benefiting you) at least thirty (30) days, or a longer period if required by law, before that amendment becomes effective by mailing you notice of the amendment to the last address shown on our records, electronically if you have agreed to receive such notices electronically, by making the notice available with the periodic statement of your account (as applicable), by posting notice of the amendment in our offices, or by posting notice of the amendment on the BBVA website or Online Banking (if applicable). We may, but are not required to, give you notice if the amendment will be to your benefit. If there is more than one account owner, we will send the notice of amendment to only one of you. By continuing to maintain your account, conducting a transaction or obtaining services or products relating to this Agreement or your account after the amendment becomes effective, you agree to the amendment of this Agreement. We also may, in our sole discretion, substitute services or discontinue certain kinds of services, products and
accounts, and place restrictions on certain types of accounts. If we discontinue the kind of account you have, we can transfer your account balance to another type of account. In that case, we will mail you a notice at least thirty (30) days before the transfer takes effect. By continuing to maintain your account, conduct a transaction, or obtain services or products from us after the transfer takes effect, you expressly agree to the change in the kind of account you have.
Severability. If any one or more of the provisions contained in this Agreement shall for any reason be held invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, such holding shall not invalidate or render unenforceable any other provisions of this Agreement. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the parties hereto waive any provision of law which prohibits or renders unenforceable any provision hereof, and to the extent that such waiver is not permitted by applicable law, the parties intend that such provision be interpreted as modified to the minimum extent necessary to render such provision enforceable.
We may provide you with an ATM card, Debit Card or other device or security code to access your account electronically or you may be required to create one or more security codes to access your account electronically. Please review the agreement that governs the use of and that comes with the card, device or the security code carefully.
You agree to use the card, device or security code only in the manner and for the purposes described in the applicable agreement. If you attempt to use the card, device or security code in any other manner or for any other purpose, we may reject the transaction, or at our discretion, we may complete it without incurring any obligation to honor the same type of transaction in the future. We may terminate a card, device or security code at any time without notice to you.
In order to prevent unauthorized access to your account, you agree to maintain the confidentiality and security of the card, device or security code. You agree to notify us immediately if you believe your card, device or security code may have become subject to unauthorized use. We may suspend or cancel your card, device or security code even without receiving such notice from you if we suspect your card, device or security code is being used in an unauthorized or fraudulent manner. You agree that the use of the security code constitutes a commercially reasonable security procedure for you.
You understand that anyone who obtains your security codes may access your accounts and may initiate transactions on your accounts. If you permit any other person to use your card or your security code or other means to access your accounts, you are responsible for all transactions initiated by such person.
ATM Safety and Security. The following are some tips on exercising care when using an ATM:
The following disclosures are made in accordance with the federal law regarding electronic payments, deposits, transfers of funds and other electronic transfers to and from your account(s). There may be limitations on account activity that restrict your ability to make electronic fund transfers. Any such limits are disclosed in the appropriate agreements governing your account. The separate agreement and disclosure statement governing your use of a BBVA Debit Card or BBVA USA ATM card initially will be provided to you either at the time you open an account or by mail after you open an account, and it will control if there is any conflict between that particular agreement and disclosure statement and this Disclosure Statement. Any authorized signer on your account may act alone in conducting electronic fund transactions, regardless of the number of required signers indicated on the account’s signature card. If you use an ATM that is not operated by us, you may be charged a fee by us, the operator and/or the automated transfer network.
1. Definitions: Electronic Fund Transfer: Any transfer of funds, other than a transaction originated by check, draft or similar paper instrument, that is initiated through an electronic terminal, telephone, computer or magnetic tape to instruct us to debit or credit an account. Electronic Fund Transfers include such electronic transactions as direct deposits or withdrawals of funds, automated teller machine transfers, transfers initiated by telephone, and Debit Card transactions. Preauthorized Electronic Fund Transfer: An Electronic Fund Transfer that you have authorized in advance to recur at substantially regular intervals; for example, direct deposits into or withdrawal of funds out of your account.
2. Your Liability: Authorized Transfers: You are liable for all Electronic Fund Transfers that you authorize, whether directly or indirectly. Unauthorized Transfers: Tell us at once if you believe your account or PIN is lost or stolen or has been or may be subject to unauthorized Electronic Fund Transfers. Telephone us immediately at the number provided in Section 3 below to keep your possible losses to a minimum. You could lose all the money in your account(s) (plus the amount of funds available in an overdraft line of credit). If you tell us within two (2) business days after learning of the loss or theft of your Debit Card, ATM card, or other account access device, or after learning of any other unauthorized transfers from your account involving your Debit Card, ATM card, or other account access device, you can lose no more than $50 if Electronic Fund Transfers are made without your permission. For these transactions, if you DO NOT tell us within two (2) business days after learning of the loss, theft or unauthorized use, and we can establish that we could have prevented the unauthorized transfer(s) if you had told us in time, you could lose as much as $500. If you are a California resident, you will not be liable for the $500 amount described in the prior sentence for unauthorized Debit Card or ATM transactions; however, if you fail to report an unauthorized use that appears on a periodic statement within 60 days of our transmittal of your periodic statement, then you may be liable for the amount of each unauthorized transfer that occurs after the close of the 60 days and before you provide notice to us, unless the delay in notifying us was due to extenuating circumstances beyond your reasonable control.
Your liability limits for Electronic Fund Transfers involving unauthorized Visa® Debit Card purchases are different from your liability limits noted here. Please refer to your agreement and disclosure statement for your BBVA Debit Card for these limits.
Also, if your periodic account statement shows unauthorized transfers and you DO NOT tell us within sixty (60) days after the statement was mailed or made available to you, you may not get back any money you lose after the sixty (60) day period if we can prove that we could have prevented the unauthorized transfer(s) if you had told us in time. If an extenuating circumstance (such as extended travel or hospitalization) prevents you from promptly notifying us of a suspected lost or stolen card or other access device or of any other suspected unauthorized transfer(s), the time periods specified in this Section 2 may be extended for a reasonable period.
3. Our Telephone Number and Address: If you believe your account(s) has been or will be subject to unauthorized Electronic Fund Transfers, CALL: 1-844-228-2872 and make the appropriate selection from the voice menu, OR WRITE: BBVA USA, Customer Service Department, P.O. Box 10566, Birmingham, Alabama 35296.
4. BBVA USA Business Days: Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
5. Account Access: The types of Electronic Fund Transfers that you may make depend upon specific account type(s) and the services which you obtain, as well as the specific types of Electronic Fund Transfers you have authorized.
6. Charges: Except as may be provided by a specific agreement with us, there is no additional charge for making Pre-authorized Electronic Fund Transfers. However, each Pre-authorized Electronic Fund Transfer will be subject to the regular account service charges, if any, in accordance with the terms of the related account(s) in effect from time to time.
7. Your Documentation of Transfers:
a. Receipts: Each time you make a transaction at our automated teller machine, you will have the option to obtain a receipt.
b. Pre-authorized Transfers: If you have arranged to have direct deposits made to your account, you may call us to determine if the deposit has been made. If you have arranged for regular payments of varying amounts to be made from your account, the person you agree to pay should tell you ten (10) days before each payment the amount of the payment and when it will be made.
c. Periodic Statements: You will receive a statement of your account each month you make an Electronic Fund Transfer. Otherwise, you will receive a statement at least quarterly. Your periodic statement will show the details of any Electronic Fund Transfer you made and the details of any Pre-authorized Transfers to or from your account that you instructed us to make.
8. Your Right to Stop Payment: If you have authorized us to make regular Pre-authorized Electronic Fund Transfer payments out of your account, you may stop any payment by CALLING US at: 1-844-228-2872 and making the appropriate selection from the voice menu, or by WRITING US at: BBVA USA, Customer Service Department, P.O. Box 10566, Birmingham, Alabama 35296. You must notify us in time for us to receive your request at least three (3) business days before the payment is scheduled to be made. You must provide us with sufficient information to identify the payment, as well as other information we may request. If you deliver your stop payment request by telephone, you must confirm your stop payment order to us in writing within twenty-one (21) days of your oral stop payment order. An oral stop payment request will not be binding on us after twenty-one (21) days if you fail to provide the required written confirmation. We also require that you provide us within twenty-one
(21) days of our receipt of your oral or written stop payment order a copy of your written notice to the payee revoking the payee’s authority to electronically obtain payments from your account. If we do not receive a copy of that notice from you within twenty-one (21) days of our receipt of your oral or written stop payment request, your stop payment request will no longer be binding on us. In order to fulfill your stop payment request on any Pre-authorized Electronic Fund Transfer, we may, in our discretion, but are not required to, stop all payments to the particular payee, or we may, in our discretion, notify you that your stop payment request cannot be fulfilled other than by closing your account. If you properly request us to stop payment and we fail to do so, we will reimburse you for losses or damages you suffer, if any, caused by our failure to stop payment as requested. Please see your agreement and disclosure statement for your BBVA Debit Card or BBVA USA ATM card for different requirements that may apply to stop payment of any Pre-authorized Electronic Fund Transfer involving use of those cards or the account numbers on those cards.
9. Our Failure to Make Transfers: If we do not complete a transfer to or from your account on time or in the correct amount according to our agreement with you, we will reimburse you for any losses or damages that you suffer as a result of our failure to act according to our agreement with you. However, there are some exceptions where we will not be liable, such as, but not limited to, the following: if, through no fault of ours, other than exercise of our right of set off, you do not have money in your account to cover the transfer; if the transfer would exceed the available credit of any overdraft line of credit you may have; if the money in your account is being held subject to legal process or other encumbrance restricting transfers to or from your account; if we have received notice of a dispute as to the rights of parties to the accounts or their creditors or representatives and we have placed a hold on the account until resolution of the dispute; or if circumstances beyond our control prevent the transfer despite our reasonable precautions.
10. Disclosure of Information to Third Parties: We may disclose information to third parties about your account and the transfers you make as described in our Consumer Privacy Disclosure as amended or modified from time to time.
11. In Case of Errors or Questions About Your Electronic Transfers: Telephone or write us, as soon as you can, at the telephone number or address in Section 3 above, if you think your statement or receipt is wrong or if you need more information about a transfer on the statement or receipt. We must hear from you no later than sixty (60) days after we sent you the FIRST statement on which the error or problem appeared. Your inquiry must include: Your name and account number; AND a description of the error or the transfer you are unsure about, and as clearly as you can, an explanation of why you believe there is an error or why you need more information; AND the dollar amount of the suspected error. If you tell us orally, we may require that you send us your inquiry in writing within ten (10) business days. We will investigate your inquiry and will correct any error promptly. We will tell you the results of our investigation within ten (10) business days [twenty (20) business days for claims on accounts open less than thirty (30) calendar days] after we hear from you; however, we may take up to forty-five (45) calendar days [ninety (90) calendar days for claims on accounts open less than thirty (30) calendar days, foreign-initiated transaction claims, and point- of sale transaction claims] to investigate your questions. If we need additional time to investigate, we will provisionally re-credit your account within ten (10) business days [twenty (20) business days for claims on accounts open less than thirty (30) calendar days] for the amount you think is in error so that you will have the use of the money during the time it takes us to complete our investigation. If we ask you to put your inquiry in writing, and do not receive your written inquiry within ten (10) business days, we may choose not to provisionally re-credit your account. If we find that there was no error, we will send you a written explanation within three (3) business days after we finish our investigation. You may ask for copies of the documents we used.
Our policy is to make funds from your deposits of cash and checks presented through normal check collection channels available to you on the same business day as the day we receive your deposit. Electronic direct deposits will be available on the same business day we receive the deposit. Once they are available, you can withdraw the funds in cash and we will use the funds to pay checks you have written. Certain exceptions to our funds availability policy are described below.
Business Day. For determining the availability of your deposits, every day is a business day except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.
Cut-Off Time. Generally, if you make a deposit on a business day we are open with one of our tellers before the close of the banking center, or at one of our automated teller machines before 1:00 p.m., or at one of our night depository facilities before 7:00 a.m., we will consider that day to be the day we receive the deposit (the day of deposit). Otherwise, we will consider the deposit to be made on the next business day we are open. However, some of our ATMs may offer later cut-off times. Please check for specific times that are displayed on ATM message screens.
Delayed Funds Availability for Outgoing Wire Transfers and the Purchase of Cashier’s or Other Official Checks and Money Orders. Funds from deposited checks processed through the Federal Reserve System will be available for outgoing wire transfers and the purchase of cashier’s or other official checks and money orders no later than the second business day after the day of deposit.
Longer Delays May Apply. In some cases, we will not make all of the funds that you deposit by check available to you on the same business day as the day of deposit. Depending on the type and/or dollar amount of the check that you deposit, funds may not be available until the second business day after the day of deposit. However, the first $200 of your deposits will generally be made available on the same business day as the day of deposit. If we are not going to make all of the funds from your deposit available to you on the same business day as the day of deposit, we will notify you at the time you make your deposit. We will also tell you when the funds will be available. If your deposit is not made directly to one of our employees, or if we decide to take this action after you have left the premises, we will mail you a notice no later than the close of the business day after the day we receive the deposit or we decide to place the hold.
Funds for the following deposits are available on the same business day as the day of deposit if you make the deposit in person to one of our employees:
1. State or local government checks that are payable directly to you, deposited in person into an account held by you, in a bank located in the state that issued the checks.
2. Cashier’s, certified and other checks drawn directly by a financial institution that are payable directly to you and deposited in person into an account held by you.
In addition, funds you deposit by check (including those mentioned above) may be delayed for a longer period of time under the following circumstances:
We will notify you if we delay your ability to withdraw funds for any of these reasons, and we will tell you when the funds will be available. They will generally be available no later than the seventh business day after the day of deposit.
Special Rules for New Accounts. If you are a new customer, the following special rules will apply during the first 30 days your account is open. Funds from electronic direct deposits to your account will be available on the same business day we receive the deposit. Funds from deposits of cash, wire transfers, and the first $5,000 of a day’s total deposits of cashier’s, certified, teller’s, traveler’s and federal, state and local government checks made payable to you will be available on the same business day as the day of deposit. The excess over $5,000 will be available no later than the ninth business day after the day of deposit.
Funds from deposits of checks not listed in the previous paragraph will be available no later than the ninth business day after the day of deposit. All funds will be held – we do not make the first $200 available. If you need funds from a deposit at a specific time, you should ask us when the funds will be available.
Mobile Deposit. You agree that items transmitted using the Mobile Deposit service are subject to the following funds availability policy. In general, if an image of an item you transmit through the Mobile Deposit service is received and accepted on a business day before the cutoff time displayed in the Mobile Banking application for the Mobile Deposit service, we consider that day to be the day of your deposit. Otherwise, we will consider that the deposit was made on the next business day. Funds deposited using the Mobile Deposit service will generally be made available within five (5) business days from the day of deposit. BBVA may make such funds available sooner based on such factors as the length and extent of your relationship with us, transaction and experience information, and such other factors as BBVA, in its sole discretion, deems relevant.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is responsible for ensuring that all persons pay the correct amount of federal income tax. In order to accomplish this task, they must match the income reported by businesses for individuals (salary, interest, dividends, etc.) to the income shown on individual tax returns. Taxpayer Identification Numbers (for individuals, their Social Security Numbers) are used as a basis for matching these records. A federal law requires all payers of interest (such as a bank) to report interest paid to individuals by Taxpayer Identification Number. Therefore, you must provide your correct Taxpayer Identification Number to us so that we may meet these reporting requirements. This law also stipulates that should a bank or other payer of interest not have your correct Taxpayer Identification Number on file, then a defined percentage, dividends and other payments made to you must be withheld and forwarded to the IRS to insure that taxes on this income are paid. This advance payment is known and referred to by the IRS as “backup withholding.” Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Rather, the amount of taxes you normally would owe will be reduced by the amount of tax withheld. If an overpayment of taxes results from backup withholding, a refund may be obtained from the IRS.
Unless the IRS has instructed us to withhold from your interest and dividend payments, you can avoid the defined percentage of backup withholding by providing us with your correct Taxpayer Identification Number. Additionally, you must certify that the Taxpayer Identification Number you provide us is correct and that you have not been advised by the IRS that you are subject to backup withholding. The IRS is empowered to impose penalties on you and us if your correct Taxpayer Identification Number is not provided.
(Please see “Penalties” later in this section.)
Unless you are an exempt recipient (see Exempt Recipient section) you are subject to backup withholding if: You fail to furnish us your Taxpayer Identification Number, OR the IRS notifies us that you furnished an incorrect Taxpayer Identification Number, OR the IRS notifies us that you are subject to backup withholding (under Section 3406(a)(1)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code), OR for an interest or dividend account opened after December 31, 1983, you fail to certify to us that you are NOT subject to backup withholding, or fail to certify your Taxpayer Identification Number is correct.
How to Avoid Backup Withholding: When you open an account with us, we will provide you with the necessary forms to complete in order to provide and certify your Taxpayer Identification Number. TO AVOID BACKUP WITHHOLDING, all you have to do is provide us with your correct Taxpayer Identification Number and sign the certification statement to certify that the number you are providing is correct and that you are not subject to backup withholding.
Taxpayer Identification Number: If you are an individual, your Taxpayer Identification Number is your Social Security Number. If you are not an individual, the number is your Employer Identification Number. In all instances, the number you give us should be the number of the owner of the account.
Guidelines for Determining the Proper Identification Number to Give to BBVA: Social Security Numbers have nine digits separated by two hyphens: i.e., 000-00-0000. Employer Identification Numbers have nine digits separated by only one hyphen: i.e., 00-0000000. The table on the next page will help you determine the number to give to us.
|For this type of account:||Give the social security number of:|
|1||An individual account||The individual|
|2||Two or more individuals (joint/multiple-party account)||The actual owner of the account. This person’s name should be listed first on the account.|
|3||Husband and wife (joint/multiple-party account)||The first person listed on the account|
|4||Custodian account of a minor (Uniform Transfer to Minors Act)||The minor|
|5||Adult and minor (joint/multiple-party account)||The adult or, if the minor is the only contributor, the minor.
|6||Account in the name of guardian or committee for a designated ward, minor or incompetent person||The ward, minor or incompetent person|
|7a||The usual revocable savings trust account (grantor is also trustee)||The grantor-trustee|
|7b||So-called trust account that is not a legal or valid trust under State law||The actual owner|
|8||A valid trust or estate||Legal entity (Do not furnish the identifying number of the personal representative or trustee unless the legal entity itself is not designated in the account title.)|
NOTE: Section 3406(a)(1)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code basically requires backup withholding if you have underreported to the IRS interest or dividend payments you received, or if you failed to file a Tax Return which would have included reportable interest or dividend payments. The IRS will notify you before they instruct us to withhold for either of these reasons.
Obtaining a Number: If you don’t have a Taxpayer Identification Number or you don’t know your number, obtain Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Number Card, or Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, at the local office of the Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service and apply for a number. When you get a number, submit a new form to us.
Exempt Recipients: Payees specifically exempted from backup withholding on ALL payments include the following:
Payments of dividends and patronage dividends not generally subject to backup withholding include the following:
If you are uncertain whether you qualify as an exempt recipient, call your accountant or the Internal Revenue Service.
To avoid possible withholding, exempt recipients should complete the form(s) provided by BBVA and should check the box captioned Exempt Recipients. The form should also contain your Taxpayer Identification Number, and the certification statement must be signed. The form must then be returned to BBVA.
Substitute Checks and Your Rights
What is a substitute check?
To make check processing faster, federal law permits banks to replace original checks with “substitute checks.” These checks are similar in size to original checks with a slightly reduced image of the front and back of the original check. The front of a substitute check states: “This is a legal copy of your check. You can use it the same way you would use the original check.” You may use a substitute check as proof of payment just like the original check. Some or all of the checks that you receive back from us may be substitute checks. This notice describes rights you have when you receive substitute checks from us. The rights in this notice do not apply to original checks or to electronic debits to your account. However, you have rights under other law with respect to those transactions.
What are my rights regarding substitute checks?
In certain cases, federal law provides a special procedure that allows you to request a refund for losses you suffer if a substitute check is posted to your account (for example, if you think that we withdrew the wrong amount from your account or that we withdrew money from your account more than once for the same check). The losses you may attempt to recover under this procedure may include the amount that was withdrawn from your account and fees that were charged as a result of the withdrawal (for example, NSF fees).
The amount of your refund under this procedure is limited to the amount of your loss or the amount of the substitute check, whichever is less. You also are entitled to interest on the amount of your refund if your account is an interest-bearing account. If your loss exceeds the amount of the substitute check, you may be able to recover additional amounts under other law.
If you use this procedure, you may receive a refund of up to $2,500 or the amount of the substitute check, whichever is less, (plus interest if your account earns interest) within 10 business days after we received your claim and the remainder of your refund (plus interest if your account earns interest) not later than 45 calendar days after we received your claim.
We may reverse the refund (including any interest on the refund) if we later are able to demonstrate that the substitute check was correctly posted to your account.
How do I make a claim for a refund?
If you believe that you have suffered a loss relating to a substitute check that you received and that was posted to your account, please contact us at: BBVA USA, Attention: Electronic Banking P.O. Box 10566, Birmingham, AL 35296 or telephone number 1-844-BBVAUSA.
You must contact us within 40 calendar days of the date that we mailed (or otherwise delivered by a means to which you agreed) the substitute check in question or the account statement showing that the substitute check was posted to your account, whichever is later. We will extend this time period if you were not able to make a timely claim because of extraordinary circumstances.
Your claim must include –