§1255.  Joint account; trust account; payment on death account

A.  If two or more persons opening or holding a withdrawable account shall execute a written agreement with the savings bank providing that the account shall be payable to any one of them or the survivor of them, the account, and any balance thereof which exists from time to time, shall be held by them as joint owners, and, unless otherwise agreed, any payment by the savings bank to any of such persons shall be a complete discharge of the savings bank’s obligation as to the amount so paid.  A pledge of such account by any holder or holders including minors authorized to withdraw amounts from such accounts shall, unless otherwise specifically agreed, be a valid pledge and transfer of the account and shall not operate to sever or terminate the joint and survivorship ownership of all or any part of the account.

B.  No addition to any account, nor withdrawal, payment, revocation, or change of beneficiary or payee, shall affect the nature of the account as a joint account with right to survivorship, trust account, or payment on death account.

C.  Any savings bank may continue to recognize the authority of any mandatary authorized in writing to manage or to make withdrawals either in whole or in part from the withdrawable account of a member until it receives written notice or actual notice of the death or adjudication of the legal interdiction of such member or revocation of the authority of such mandatary.  Any payment by the savings bank to a mandatary prior to receipt of such notice shall be a complete discharge of the savings bank’s obligation as to the amount so paid.

D.  Any savings bank may offer payment on death accounts in accordance with the procedures, requirements, and protections provided in R.S. 6:314 or 766.1.

Acts 1990, No. 816, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Acts 2009, No. 499, §1.