Estate Accounts

Estate Share Savings and Checking Options

We offer Estate Account options for those who are called upon to settle an estate for a CTFCU member.

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Dealing with the loss of a loved-one is arguably one of the most emotionally trying times in anyone’s life. We offer an account solution to assist you during a most difficult time.

An estate account is a special savings account that may also be accompanied by a checking (share draft) account. Usually, the deceased member's assets are deposited into the new estate account(s), then apportioned as needed to pay the estate’s obligations, debts, or heirs. Deposits are federally insured to at least $250,000 per depositor by NCUA. Accounts offer highly competitive Savings Rates.

Estate Account Features

Estate Share Savings

  • Maintain a $5.00 minimum balance
  • Easy access to funds with an ATM Card
  • Online access through Net Branch, Mobile Banking, and Telco Teller

Estate Share Draft

  • No minimum balance requirement
  • No monthly service charge
  • 1st box of checks at no charge
  • Online access through mobile banking and Telco Teller
  • A Visa® check card allows you to access your checking (share draft) account to make purchases
  • Rewards Checking option pays reward dividends* and provides ATM Fee Refunds* each qualifying cycle that requirements are met*
  • Bill pay access available
  • Overdraft protection options available
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Steps for Establishing the Estate Account

Only a qualified administrator (can be referred to as a personal representative, executor, executrix) of the estate is qualified to open an account for a person who held an active CTFCU membership account at the time of death. A death certificate and documents naming the qualified administrator are required to open the account. You will also need to provide a Tax Identification Number (TIN), sometimes referred to as an Employer Identification Number (EIN), which is issued by the IRS.

To obtain this number, please contact the IRS by visiting to complete a SS-4 (Application for Employer Identification Number), or call 1-800-829-4933.

Required Documentation to Establish the Estate Account
  • Death Certificate
  • Court documentation or Qualification paperwork
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN)
How to open the Carolinas Telco FCU Estate Account
  • Visit your nearest branch
  • Fax required documentation to 1-704-391-5648- ATTN: Estate Accounts
  • Mail to: Carolinas Telco Federal Credit Union ATTN: Estate Accounts
    PO Box 668467 Charlotte, NC 28266-8467
  • Call 1-800-622-5305

Note: Please do not submit a copy of the decedent’s last will and testament to the credit union.

APY = Annual Percentage Yield. The rates appearing here are accurate as of the effective date: January 17, 2020. If you have any questions or wish to request a Rate and Fee Sheet with terms and additional information, please call the Credit Union at 1-704-391-5600 or 1-800-622-5305. Rates are subject to change without notice. Fees may reduce the earnings on some accounts. All services, such as loans, credit cards and checking accounts, are subject to approval.

** Reward Rates - 2.02% APY (Annual Percentage Yield) is paid on balances between $0.00 to $20,000.00 and 0.10% APY is paid on all amounts of $20,000.01 and above, each cycle that the minimum qualifications are met. Up to $25.00 in ATM Fees will be refunded each cycle that qualifications are met. If you do not meet the qualifications per cycle, your account will still function as a free checking account earning Base Rate 0.10% APY; however, it will not receive ATM fee refunds for that time period. We may change the interest rate and APY at any time after the account is opened. No minimum balance required. No monthly service charge. The qualification cycle is approximately one month long, but begins on the last business day of the previous month and goes through the second to the last business day of the current month. Eligible transactions must post during the qualification cycle in order to receive credit. Only one Rewards Checking Account may be opened per member, and any additional checking accounts will be opened as standard Share Draft Accounts.

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