Thursday, October 2, 2014



An important must know article " Will your Nominee get the money on your demise ??? is appended below for the info of the Members :--

Did you think that your nominee is the person, who will get all the money
legally from your Life Insurance Policy and Mutual funds investments? Ha!
That is exactly what you'd think if you aren't aware of the legal aspects.
We assume a lot of things which sounds like they're obvious, but are not
true from the legal point of view. Today, we'll concentrate on nominations
in financial products.

For whom are we earning? For whom are we investing? Who, do we want to
leave all our wealth to, in case something happens to us? It might be  your
children, your spouse, parents, siblings etc., or just a subset of these.
You also might want to exclude some people from your list of
beneficiaries!. So you think you will nominate person X in your Insurance
policy, and when you are dead and gone, all the money goes to person X and
he/she becomes the sole owner? You're wrong, dude ! It doesn't work that
way. Let's see how it actually does!

What is a nominee?
According to law, a nominee is a trustee not the owner of the assets. In
other words, he is only a caretaker of your assets. The nominee will only
hold your money/asset as a trustee and will be legally bound to transfer it
to the legal heirs. For most investments, a legal heir is entitled to the
deceased's assets. For instance, Section 39 of the Insurance Act says the
appointed nominee will be paid, though he may not be the legal heir. The
nominee, in turn, is supposed to hold the proceeds in trust and the legal
heir can claim the money.

A legal heir will be the one whose is mentioned in the will. However, if a
will is not made, then the legal heirs of the assets are decided according
to the succession laws, where the structure is predefined on who gets how
much. For example, if a man during his lifetime executes a will. In the
will, he mentions his wife and children as legal heirs, then after his
death, his wife and children are the legal owners of his assets. It is
essential that one needs to execute a will. It is the ultimate source of
truth and replaces the succession law. Nominee can also be one of the legal

Important-- Mention the Full Name, Address, age, relationship to yourself of
the nominee. Do not write the nomination in favour of "wife" and "children"
as a class. Give their specific names and particulars existing at that
moment. If the nominee is a minor, appoint a person who is a major as an
appointee giving his full name, age, address and relationship to the

Why is the concept of nominee?
So you might be wondering, if the nominee does not become the sole owner,
why does such a concept of "nominee" exist at all? It's pretty simple. When
you die, you want to make sure that the Insurance company, Mutual fund or
your shares should at least get out of the companies and go to someone you
trust, and who can further help, in process of passing it to your legal

Otherwise, if a person dies and hasn't nominated anyone, your legal heirs
will have to go through the process of producing all kind of certificates
like death certificates, proof of relation etc., not to mention that the
whole process is really cumbersome! (For each legal entity! The insurance
company, the mutual funds, for the shares, for the real estate..) . So, to
simplify, if a nominee exists, these hassles don't happen, since the
company is bound to transfer all your money or assets to the nominee.  The
company the goes out of scene then, it's between nominee and legal heirs.

Example of Nomination
Ajay was 58 years old who died recently in an accident. As his children
were settled, he wanted to make sure that his wife is the sole owner of all
the monetary assets. This includes his insurance policy and mutual funds.

So during his lifetime, he nominated his wife as a nominee in his term
insurance policy and mutual funds investments. However, after Ajay's death
things didn't turn up the way he wanted. The reason being Ajay did not
leave a will. Though his wife was the nominee in all his movable assets, as
per the law, his wife, along with children, were the legal heirs and all of
them had equal right to Ajay's assets.

One simple step which could have saved the situation was that Ajay should
have made a will which clearly stated that only his wife was entitled to
get all the money and not his children.

Nomination in Life Insurance
A policyholder can appoint multiple nominees and can also specify their
shares in the policy proceeds. Nomination in life insurance has one
limitation, as insurance policies are bought to secure your financial
dependents, your first choice of nominee has to be your family members.  In
case you want to nominate a non-family member like a friend or third party,
you will have to show/PROVE the insurance company that there is some
insurable interest for the person. This happens because of a Clause called
PRINCIPAL OF INSURABLE INTEREST in insurance. Note that provision of
nomination in life insurance is related to Section 39 of the Insurance Act.
Note that as per LIC website Nomination is a right conferred on the holder
of a Policy of Life Assurance on his own life to appoint a person/s to
receive policy moneys in the event of the policy becoming a claim by the
assured's death. The Nominee does not get any other benefit except to
receive the policy moneys on the death of the Life Assured. A nomination
may be changed or cancelled by the life assured whenever he likes without
the consent of the Nominee. Make sure, you have a nominee for your policy
for easy settlement of the claim, if you do not have any nominee mentioned
in the policy, it can turn out to be a disaster for your dependents to get
a claim.

Nomination in Mutual funds
In case of mutual funds, you can nominate up to three people, who can be
registered at the time of purchasing the units. While filling in the
application form, there is a provision to fill in the nomination details.
Even a minor can be a nominee, provided the guardian is specified in the
nomination form. You can also change nomination later by filling up a form
which is available on the mutual fund company website. Nomination in mutual funds is at folio level and all units in the folio will be transferred to
the nominee(s). If an investor makes a further investment in the same
folio,the nomination is applicable to the new units also. A non-resident
Indian can be a nominee, subject to the exchange control regulations in
force from time to time.

Nomination in Shares
Quiz for you . Now you know what a nominee means and who actually gets the money. So if there is a husband H, with wife W and nephew N, and he has nominated his nephew N to be the nominee of his shares in demat account, who will have the legal right to own the shares after husband's death? If you answer is wife, you are wrong in this case! In case of stocks, it does not work the usual way, if a will does not exist.

In the verdict, Justice Roshan Dalvi struck down a petition filed by Harsha
Nitin Kokate, who was seeking permission to sell some shares held by her
late husband. The Court noted that as she was not the nominee, she had no
ownership rights over the shares. Ms Kokate's lawyer had argued that as she
was the heir of her husband who had died intestate (without a will), she
should have ownership rights of the shares, and be able to do anything with
them as she wished. In this case, Ms Kokate's husband had nominated his
nephew in favour of the shares. Justice Dalvi however noted that under the
provisions of the Companies Act and the Depositories Act, Acts which govern
the transfer of shares, the role of a nominee was different."A reading of
Section 109(A) of the Companies Act and 9.11 of the Depositories Act makes
it abundantly clear that the intent of the nomination is to vest the
property in the shares which includes the ownership rights there under in
the nominee upon nomination validly made as per the procedure prescribed,
as has been done in this case."

It means that if you have not written a will, anyone who has been nominated
by you for your shares will be the ultimate owner of those stocks, The
succession laws on inheritance will not be applicable but in case, you have
made a will, that will be the source of truth.

Nomination in PPF
Let me give you some shock first. If you have Rs 10 lakh in your public
provident fund (PPF) account and you have not nominated anyone for your PPF account, your legal heirs will get maximum of Rs 1 lakh only! Yes, it's so
important to have a nominee, now you get it. You can nominate one or more
persons as nominee in PPF. Form F can be used to change or cancel a
nomination for PPF. Also note that you cannot nominate anyone if you open
an account for a minor.

Nomination in Saving/Current/FD/RD Account in Banks
FD's also come with nomination facility. While opening a new account, there
is a column for nomination in the same form and you should fill it.  You
can nominate two persons with first and second option. Note that in case
you have not done any nomination till now, you should request Form No DA-1 from your Bank which is used to assign a nominee in future.  (Examples of ICICI Bank , HDFC Bank , Canara Bank) . In the same way to change/cancel the nomination you need to fill up Form no DA-2. Read about Corporate Fixed Deposits.

As per a famous case, A Bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha in an
order said that the money lying deposited in the account of the original
depositor should be distributed among the claimants in accordance with the
Succession Act of the respective community and the nominee cannot claim any absolute right over it.

Section 45ZA(2)(Banking Regulation Act) merely put the nominee in the shoes of the depositor after his death and clothes him with the exclusive right
to receive the money lying in the account. It gives him all the rights of
the depositors so far as the depositors’ account is concerned. But it by
no stretch of imagination make the nominee the owner of the money lying.

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