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    Nominee Vs Legal Heirs for Fixed Deposits

    Picture a scenario where a considerable sum of money has been invested in a fixed deposit. A nomination has also been made. Sometime later, the depositor passes away and the money in the fixed deposit is given to the nominee. Everything seems to be going well, when suddenly, someone comes forward claiming they are the deceased person’s legal heir and that they are entitled to the money given to the nominee. The matter goes up in front of a judge and the judge rules that the money, assuming the claimant was indeed the depositor’s legal heir, goes to the legal heir. How did this happen?

    It may come as a surprise to you but a nominee, in fact, is not the same thing as a legal heir and the claim of a legal heir supersedes that of the nominee. Confused? Don’t worry, there is an explanation to support this.

    What is a nominee?

    Technically speaking, a nominee is just a custodian. They are people on whom falls the responsibility of ensuring that the legal heir of the depositor gets the money from a fixed deposit. While there may be times when the nominee is the same as the legal heir, their status as nominee means that they don’t really ‘own’ the money.

    What is a legal heir?

    A legal heir, simply put, is a person defined by a will and testament as the person who should receive the benefits of the deceased’s estates and, in this case, the money from the fixed deposit.

    But what happens if no will has been created?

    In such cases, legal heirs may be decided based on prevailing laws of inheritance in India. This means that the decision will be made based on the Hindu Law or the Muslim law, etc.

    Defining who gets the maturity proceeds

    The answer to this question is painfully simple. Make a will!

    Some people assume that making a will is an archaic practice and that a nomination is enough to ensure that the money goes where you want it to, but they are wrong. The contents of a will always supplant any claims made by anyone else. If you want to ensure that the nominee gets the benefits, mention it clearly in the will.

    What happens in case there are no instructions left behind?

    Wills and nominations are all fine but what happens if the deceased left no instructions about what was to be done with the fixed deposit in the event of their death?

    There are two things that may happen in such a case. First, the bank will try and get in touch with someone related to the deceased deposit-holder. Second, and more likely, is that, in case no one can be reached, the bank will reinvest the fixed deposit or park the money till such time as someone claims it. If someone does come forward to claim the amount, they will be asked to prove their relationship with the depositor before getting access to the FD funds.

    Where do the banks fit into all this?

    You might be wondering, if a nominee is not the legal heir then why would the bank hand over the FD proceeds to him/her?

    The answer to this is that the bank’s responsibility ends with paying out the fixed deposit proceeds to the stated nominee. If a nominee was named then the money goes to the nominee else to a proven legal heir. Once the FD is handed over to the nominee, its distribution is the responsibility of the nominee and not the banks.

    The exception to the rule

    Every rule has an exception and this rule is no different.

    As per the rules, people who can actually ‘own’ the inheritance are the legal heirs and not nominees. The exception comes in when dealing with shares. If a person has been named the nominee to certain shares, they actually ‘own’ those shares until or unless a will is produced which supersedes the nomination.

    Have you ever seen a family dispute over the estate of a recently deceased member of the family? It’s never a pretty sight and in most cases onlookers wonder why the dispute even exists since the person clearly named A or B to be the nominee. Now that you know one of the reasons these disputes exist ensure you make a will that clearly states who receives the fund and spare your loved ones the headache of battling it out in court.

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    Nominee Vs Legal Heirs for Fixed Deposits Reviews

    • Karur Vysya Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Service is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Rate of interest is little bit high compared to other bank hence i have chosen the Karur Vysya bank for my fixed deposit. I have invested the amount of Rs. 5 lakhs. They have given me a monthly interest rate of Rs. 4400. I have got a proper response from the bank. On the maturity date, i have submit the bond and get the cash.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
    • Indian Bank
      Indian Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Service is good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have chosen the Indian bank because of its a Government undertaken bank. I have invested the amount of Rs. 5 lakhs. They have given me a interest rate of 4100 monthly basis. They won't charge for anything extra. I visited their branch and put the money and the employee response. I'm happy about the returns because i got the interest on monthly basis.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , chennai
      Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Safe and secured"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Being a middle class person definitely I think to invest my money that's the reason I chosen SBI fixed deposit because its safe and secured. I can deposit for long term, the online feature is great and I can open and close the FD account through netbanking.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I did a Fixed deposit in ICICI BANK for my kids because I got my salary account and also have opened separate account for my kids and wife on the same bank so its easy to do the payment and linked together. The interest rate is 6.75% moreover the options are very flexible, the locking period is like 1month , 3 months, one year,etc and even the online services are enabled. Whenever I have good amount on the account so go for FD on the selected month, the interest amount will be credited into account.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
    • Oriental Bank of Commerce Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have Oriental bank Of Commerce Fixed deposit account ,I have not faced any difficulties so far on using this account .Customer service is also good so far .Each and every transaction will be safe and secure .There was no drawbacks faced so far .I am very much comfortable and easy going and completely satisfied with the service.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jun 06, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a Fixed deposit account with Axis Bank. I have not faced any difficulties so far on using this account. The customer service is also good so far. Each and every transaction will be safe and secure .There was no drawbacks faced so far. I am very much comfortable in using this account.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Jun 06, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I done a Fixed Deposit account with HDFC BANK before 2 years and the rate of interest was good. I have withdrawn the money and its neither loss or nor profit. My money is safer and return is very low. There was no locking period and the executive is supportive.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , mumbai
      Reviewed on May 30, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Its Good"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had fixed deposit in HDFC for the amount of Rs.10,000 then I withdrawn in two months I got some interest. I went to the bank for account opening within few minutes they helped to open the account. There is no charges for pre matured liquidity fund.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 25, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Returns from HDFC"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      As per the guidance , I taken a Fixed Deposit in HDFC . This is one year plan and worth enough to take this plan in HDFC comparing with the interest rate . I am really happy with the better returns for my FD . I thought of continuing after one year also .
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am using HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit for the past 6 years ,using net banking is also good ,customer service is good .flexy deposit ,whenever required can take the amount and can deposit it later .There was no issues faced so far .The Banking service is good to me so far.I am satisifed with the banking service.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • Oriental Bank of Commerce Fixed Deposit
      "Trusted investment for the future"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have fixed deposit with Oriental Bank of commerce, they give interest rate around 7.5%when I was invested but I am not sure about current one. However there is no charges applicable for the fd maintenance, They have nice online banking to open or close the account and its a trusted one.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
    • ICICI Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Have to be more quick in their procedure"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have Fixed Deposit with ICICI also which was matured earlier even it was a tax free accounts they are charging some amount. Before the financial year completion, i need to submit the document to income department to get my fund but the procedure is too long and I did not get the money. I had done investment of 1L and 0.50L which am unhappy. I would suggest them to provide the bills on time after this experience have stopped investing with them.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Very much convenient"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My all time favorite is Fixed Deposit which is secured and I can count the returns on evey month which am most comfortable. My family all have them are having in HDFC account, the manager is very friendly and rendering the service. Am doing investment since 2011 and their services are more good than the profit.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 12, 2019
    • Axis Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Convenient fixed deposit"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My fixed deposit was opened with Axis bank, I invested around Rs. 1 lakh for one year. If I want I can also extend the tenure. I believe the rate of interest is more than 7% for per annum. I can also track the fixed deposit through online banking its more simple.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , thane
      Reviewed on May 04, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Userfriendly FD experience"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I do have fixed deposit with HDFC, I opened it through online there is no locking period, while opening I have specified the maturity date. Minimum deposit start from Rs. 5000, they are providing 7.3% per annum. Its safe and secured to invest money with HDFC.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on May 03, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having fixed deposit with State Bank Of India ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well. I am satisfied with the overall service.
      Was this review helpful? 12
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • Canara Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good nservice"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having fixed deposit with Canara Bank ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • Punjab National Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Iam having fixed deposit with Punjab national bank ,interest is good .The banking service is good so far .I have not faced any issues so far .Money will be safe on this account .Whenever need money can take and can deposit as well .The banking service is good and satisfied so far .Will get frequent update as well.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
    • SBI Fixed Deposit
      "Can do better"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      SBI gives only 6.7% of interest for the fixed deposit, there is some charges applicable for the per matured liquidity amount. They take 1% from the paid amount, its not flexible as HDFC. The customer dealing is also average to resolve the queries.
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
    • HDFC Bank Fixed Deposit
      "Flexible Fixed deposit"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      HDFC Is more convenient to open and close the FD through online, they give better interest as per the RBI around 6.8%. The online portal is easy to track the fixed deposit details, the help desk is good to handle the queries. I am very much happy with HDFC. I can take the tenure from three months to max tenure.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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