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6 MONTH CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT
Country Bank for Savings Main Office
15 South Street Suite C Ware, MA 01082
May 1, 2023
This disclosure contains information about terms, fees, and interest rates for some of the accounts we offer.
6 Month Certificate of Deposit
06 MONTH CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT
Rate Information: This Account is an interest bearing account. The interest rate and annual percentage yield are included in the Rate Chart. The interest rate and annual percentage yield will not change for the term of the account. The interest rate will be in effect for 6 months. Interest begins to accrue on the business day you deposit noncash items (for example, checks). Interest will be compounded monthly and will be credited monthly. The annual percentage yield assumes interest will remain on deposit until maturity. A withdrawal will reduce earnings.
Balance Information: We use the daily balance method to calculate the interest on the account. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal in the account each day. You must maintain a minimum balance of $500.00 in the account each day to obtain the disclosed annual percentage yield.
Limitations: You must deposit $500.00 to open this account. No withdrawals are permitted within the first six (6) days after the date of deposit.
Account Fees: The following fees apply:
Return Deposited Item Fee: $8.41.
Time Account Information: Your account will mature in 6 Months. If you withdraw any of the principal before the maturity date, we may impose a penalty of three (3) months’ interest on the amount withdrawn. If the account is closed before interest is credited, you will not receive the accrued interest. This account will automatically renew. You will have 10 days after the maturity date to withdraw funds without penalty. If you do not withdraw the funds, each renewal term will be for an identical period of time as the original term.
MISCELLANEOUS FEES AND CHARGES
ATM & Debit Cards
Card Replacement Fee: $10.00
Online Banking Services
Account-to-Account Transfer- Inbound, Express delivery: $5.00
Account-to-Account Transfer- Outbound, Express delivery: $10.00
Non-Sufficient/Uncollected Funds Charge
OD (Overdraft) Limit Fee: $30.00 charge applies to checks, in-person withdrawals, or other electronic means. Effective March 1, 2022 this fee increases to $35.00
NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) Charge per item paid or returned: $30.00 charge applies to checks, in-person withdrawals, or other electronic means each time the item is presented and returned due to insufficient funds. Effective March 1, 2022 this fee increases to $35.00
Uncollected Funds Charge per item: $30.00 charge applies to checks, in-person withdrawals, or other electronic means. Effective March 1, 2022 this fee increases to $35.00.
Reduced for 18/65 account customers (per item): $5.00
Miscellaneous Account Fees
Stop Payment Fee (check or electronic): $30.00
Statement Summary Fee: $5.00
EZ Transfer Fee: $10.00, charged to transfer funds to cover overdrafts.
Checks sent for collection: Fees Vary depending on collection type.
Early Account Closeout: $15.00 prior to being opened for 90 days
Copy of check (first 25 per year are free): $5.00
Account research: $30.00 per hour (1 hour minimum charge)
Research request over 5 years old: $40.00 per hour (1 hour minimum charge)
Abandoned Property Fees
Abandoned Property Fee: $40.00
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Interest Rates and Annual Percentage Yields are current as of 05-03-2023
For current rate information call (800) 322-8233
FUNDS AVAILABILITY POLICY DISCLOSURE
YOUR ABILITY TO WITHDRAW FUNDS AT COUNTRY BANK FOR SAVINGS. Our policy is to make funds from your cash and check deposits available to you on the same business day as the day we receive your deposit. Once the funds are available, you can withdraw them in cash and/or we will use them to pay checks that you have written. For determining the availability of your deposits, every day is a business day, except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. We have different deposit cut-off hours for different locations. Our earliest cut-off hour is 4:00 P.M. If you make a deposit before our cut-off hour on a business day that we are open, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. However, if you make a deposit after our cut-off hour or on a day we are not open, we will consider that the deposit was made on the next business day we are open.
Reservation of Right to Hold. 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 your deposit. Depending on the type of check that you deposit, funds may not be available until the second business day after the day of your deposit. The first $225 of your deposit, however, may be available on the first business day after the day of your deposit. If we are not going to make all of the funds from your deposit available on the same business day, 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 the notice by the business day after we receive your deposit. If you need the funds from a deposit right away, you should ask us when the funds will be available.
Longer Delays May Apply. We may delay your ability to withdraw funds deposited by check into your account an additional number of days for these reasons:
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 your deposit.
Holds On Other Funds. If we accept for deposit a check that is drawn on another financial institution, we may make funds from the deposit available for withdrawal immediately but delay your availability to withdraw a corresponding amount of funds that you have on deposit in another account with us. The funds in the other account would then not be available for withdrawal until the time periods that are described elsewhere in this disclosure for the type of check that you deposited.
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 day we receive the deposit. Funds from deposits of cash, wire transfers, and the first $5,525 of a day’s total deposits of cashier’s, certified, teller’s, travelers, and federal government checks, and checks drawn on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and any local government unit in Massachusetts will be available on the first business day after the day of your deposit if the deposit meets certain conditions. For example, the checks must be payable to you. The excess over $5,525 will be available on the seventh business day after the day of your deposit. If your deposit of these checks (other than a U.S. Treasury check) is not made in person to one of our employees, the first $5,525 will not be available until the second business day after the day of your deposit.
Funds from deposits of checks drawn on Country Bank for Savings will be available on the same business day as the day of your deposit.
Funds from all other check deposits will be available on the seventh business day after the day of your deposit.
Deposits at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). All ATM deposits will be available the next business day.
If you make a deposit at a Country Bank ATM before 4:00 P.M. on a business day that we are open, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. However, if you make a deposit at a Country Bank ATM after 4:00 P.M. or on a day we are not open, we will consider that the deposit was made on the next business day we are open.
Wire Transfers. Our wire transfer cut-off time is 4:00 P.M. Any incoming wire transfers received after our cut-off time will be considered deposited the next business day.
SUBSTITUTE CHECK POLICY DISCLOSURE
Substitute Checks and Your Rights
What is a substitute check?
To make check processing faster, federal law permits credit unions and 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, bounced check 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 up to $2,500.00 of your refund (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 Country Bank Operations Department, 15 South Street Suite C, Ware, MA, 01082, (800) 322- 8233, email@example.com. You must contact us within 60 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 –
DEPOSIT ACCOUNT AGREEMENT AND DISCLOSURE
INTRODUCTION. In this Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure, each and all of the depositors (members) are referred to as “Account Holder”, “you”, and “your.” The Financial Institution is referred to as “we,” “our,” and “us.” This Deposit Account Agreement contains the terms and conditions governing certain of your deposit accounts with us. As used in this document, the term “Agreement” means this document, the signature card, a rate and fee schedule (which may be in the form of a Rate and Fee Schedule, Time Certificate of Deposit, or Confirmation of Time Deposit, hereinafter called the “Schedule”), Truth in Savings disclosures, a Funds Availability Policy Disclosure, and an Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement and Disclosure, if applicable. Each of you signing the signature card for a deposit account acknowledges receipt of this Agreement, and agrees to the terms set forth in the Agreement, as amended from time to time. You agree that we may waive, in our sole discretion, any fee, charge, term, or condition set forth in this Agreement at the time the Account is opened or subsequent thereto, on a one-time basis or for any period or duration, without changing the terms of the Agreement or your obligation to be bound by the Agreement, and we are not obligated to provide similar waivers in the future or waive our rights to enforce the terms of this Agreement.
DATE ACCOUNT OPENED. If you open an account with us after 8:00 PM on a business day that we are open, we will consider that the transaction was made at the opening of the next business day for account opening, effective date and issue date purposes.
DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS. From time to time, we may offer or you may open a variety of deposit accounts. Each such account (the “Account”) is subject to the general terms and conditions and any specific terms and conditions relating to that type of account that may be set forth in this Agreement. If you open multiple Accounts, you may receive Schedule information for each Account, but this Agreement will cover all your Accounts with us. Each of you will be jointly and severally liable to us for debit balances in the Account, including without limitation overdrafts and Account charges, and jointly and severally promise to pay, upon demand, any and all debit balances, all fees and charges, and our reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses of collection, including but not limited to those incurred at trial and on any appeal.
INTEREST. If your Account earns interest, the following information applies: (A) Payment of Interest. We will pay interest at the annual rate specified on the Schedule, which does not reflect compounding (“Interest Rate”). The Schedule also sets forth the frequency of interest payments, the frequency of any compounding and crediting, the interest accrual basis, the balance on which interest will be paid, and any minimum balance requirements. (B) Minimum Balance Requirements. The Schedule may specify a minimum balance that you are required to maintain in your Account. If the minimum balance is not maintained during a specified period, we, at our option, may not pay interest on your Account and/or may charge a fee for that period. You should review any minimum balance requirements on the Schedule. (C) Initial Interest Rate. The initial interest rate is the current annual rate of interest that we will pay on the specified balance in your Account. We may pay interest at different rates, depending on the amount deposited and the type of depositor (individual, business, non-profit organization, etc.). (D) Interest Compounding and Crediting. The Schedule will indicate the interest compounding and crediting frequency for your Account (if any). Compounding generally means that interest is being accrued on earned interest. Interest may be compounded more frequently than interest is credited to your Account. (E) Interest Accrual. We may accrue interest on your Account more frequently than we pay or credit interest. The interest that has been calculated, but not paid to the Account, is called accrued unpaid interest. (F) Changes. We have the right to change the rates and fees in accordance with the terms of the Schedule. We also reserve the right to change any other term of this Agreement at our sole discretion.
INTEREST. If account is closed before interest is credited, you will not receive the accrued interest. Interest will not be paid on dormant accounts.
FEES AND CHARGES. Subject to applicable law, you agree to pay us the fees and charges shown in the Schedules as are applicable to your Account or for other services performed by us. You agree the fees and charges may be changed by us from time to time and authorize us to charge your account for their payment whether or not each charge results in an overdraft of your account. Existing and future charges may be based upon the overall costs of providing account services and may or may not be based upon the direct cost or expense associated with providing the particular service involved. The charges may be based on consideration of profit, competitive position, deterrence of misuse of account privileges by customers, and the safety and soundness of the financial institution. We will notify you of the changes, to the extent required by law.
BALANCE METHODS. As used in this Agreement, the “average daily balance” method means “the application of a periodic rate to the average daily balance in the account for the period, determined by adding the full amount of principal in the account for each day of the period and dividing that figure by the number of days in the period.” The “daily balance” method means “the application of a daily periodic rate to the full amount of principal in the account each day.”
DEPOSIT RULES. The following terms apply to deposits made to your Account: (A) Endorsements. You authorize us to accept transfers, checks, and other items for deposit to your Account if they are made payable to, or to the order of, any one or more of you, whether or not they are endorsed by you. You authorize us to supply missing endorsements, and you warrant that all endorsements are genuine. All checks and other items deposited to your Account should be endorsed payable to the order of us for deposit only, followed by your signature and Account number. We may permit you to deposit an electronic image or other electronic information related to a paper check through a service we provide that allows you to use a device, such as a mobile phone, to create and send to us such electronic image or information electronically. Before capturing an electronic image or electronic information of a paper check, you must endorse the check payable to the order of us “for mobile deposit only”, followed by your signature and Account number, or any alternative restrictive endorsement we may allow and communicate to you. All endorsements must appear on the back of the check or other item within the first 1-1/2 inches from the left side of the item when looking at it from the front. Endorsements should be in black ink. While we may accept non-conforming endorsements, you will be responsible for any loss incurred by us due to the delay in processing or returning the item for payment. (B) Final Payment. All non-cash items (for example, checks) deposited to your Account are posted subject to our receipt of final payment by the payor bank. Upon receipt of final payment, the item becomes a collected item. If final payment is not received or if any item you have deposited or cashed is charged back to us for any reason, you authorize us to charge any of your Accounts, without prior notice and at any time, for the amount of the returned item, our returned item fee, any interest paid on that item, and any other fee we pay or incur. If an item to be charged back is lost in the process of collection or unavailable for return, we may rely upon a photocopy of the item or upon any other generally accepted notification of return of the item, in charging you or any of your Accounts for the amount of the returned item. We reserve the right to refuse any item for deposit into your Account. (C) Direct Deposits. If we offer direct deposit services for automatic preauthorized deposits to your Account of Social Security payments or automatic transfers from your other accounts with us, you must notify us at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled direct deposit or preauthorized transfer if you wish to cancel the direct deposit or transfer service. If any amount deposited must be returned to the government for any reason, you authorize us to deduct the amount from your Account as provided in the Final Payment paragraph above. (D) Crediting of Deposits. The Funds Availability Policy Disclosure provided to you reflects our policies relating to the availability of deposited funds. (E) Substitute Checks and Electronic Files Pertaining to Original Checks. If you deposit a “substitute check” (as defined in Regulation CC § Section 229.2(aaa)) or a purported substitute check into your Account, you agree to reimburse us for losses, costs and expenses we may pay or incur associated with the item not meeting applicable substitute check standards and/or from duplicate payments associated with the item. If you provide us with an electronic representation of a substitute check for deposit into your account instead of an original check, you agree to reimburse us for losses, costs and expenses we may pay or incur associated with the substitute check resulting from the electronic representation not meeting applicable substitute check standards and/or from duplicate payments associated with the item. If you provide us with an electronic image or electronic information related to a paper check for deposit into your Account, you agree to reimburse us for losses, costs, and expenses we may pay or incur associated with the electronic image or information not meeting applicable standards for such images and/or from duplicate payment associated with the check. (F) Deposit Discrepancies. If you deliver a deposit to us and you will not be present when the deposit is counted, you must provide a deposit slip. To process the deposit, we will verify and record the deposit, and credit the deposit to the account. If there are any discrepancies between the amounts shown on the deposit slip and the amount we determine to be the actual deposit, we will notify you of the discrepancy. You will be entitled to credit only for the actual deposit as determined by us, regardless of what is stated on the deposit slip.
SECURITY. It is your responsibility to protect the account numbers and electronic access devices (e.g., ATM card) we provide you for your account(s). Do not discuss, compare, or share information about your account number(s) with anyone unless you are willing to give them full use of your money. An account number can be used by thieves to encode your number on a false demand draft which looks like and functions like an authorized check. If you furnish your access device and grant actual authority to make transfers to another person (a family member, co-worker, for example) who then exceeds that authority, you are liable for the transfers unless we have been notified that transfers by that person are no longer authorized. Your account number can also be used to electronically remove money from your account. If you provide your account number in response to a telephone solicitation for the purpose of making a transfer (to purchase a service or merchandise, for example), payment can be made from your account even though you did not contact us directly and order the payment. You must also take precaution in safeguarding your blank checks. Notify us at once if you believe your checks have been lost or stolen. As between you and us, if you are negligent in safeguarding your checks, you must bear the loss entirely yourself or share the loss with us (we may have to share some of the loss if we failed to use ordinary care and if we substantially contributed to the loss). You agree that if we offer you services appropriate for your account to help identify and limit fraud or other unauthorized transactions against your account, such as positive pay or commercially reasonable security procedures, and you reject those services, you will be responsible for any fraudulent or unauthorized transactions which could have been prevented by the services we offered, unless we acted in bad faith or to the extent our negligence contribute to the loss.
WITHDRAWAL RULES. The following terms apply to withdrawals from your Account: (A) Manner of Withdrawal. You may make withdrawals from your Account in any manner that is permitted by us for the type of Account that you have opened. Withdrawals by mail will be posted to your Account as of the day the transaction is processed by us. We may refuse to accept any check other than standard checks provided by us, or approved by us in advance. Withdrawals and transfers from your Account may be restricted as provided in the Agreement, or in the Schedule, or by applicable law. (B) Withdrawal Restrictions and Overdrafts. We do not have to allow you to make a withdrawal from your Account if you don’t have sufficient available funds in the Account to cover the full amount of the withdrawal. If there are available funds to cover some, but not all, of the withdrawals or other debits to your Account on a single business day, we will post the checks for which there are sufficient available funds from the smallest dollar check to the largest. We may pay other withdrawals or debit items (such as charges) prior to paying any checks, and we may post those other withdrawals or debit items in any order we may choose at our sole discretion. If there are insufficient funds available in your Account to cover a withdrawal or debit presented against your Account, this is called an “overdraft”. We will handle each overdraft in accordance with our Standard Overdraft Policy (described below) or in accordance with any other agreement you may have with us (such as an overdraft protection agreement). Even if we choose to pay one or more overdrafts, we are not obligated to cover any future overdrafts. When we determine whether payment of an item will create an overdraft, we may determine the balance of your account at any time between the time we receive the item and the deadline for us to take action on the item. We are not required to determine your account balance more than one (1) time during this period. (C) Standard Overdraft Policy. Unless we have agreed to a separate overdraft protection agreement with you, the following rules apply. We are not obligated to pay any overdraft. Subject to the special rules discussed below for transactions at an ATM and one-time debit card transactions, we may assess a service charge on any withdrawal created by check, in-person withdrawal, ATM withdrawal, or other electronic means that results in an overdraft, whether we pay the overdraft or not. If we pay the overdraft, you agree, immediately upon notice from us, to deposit funds sufficient to cover the overdraft plus any service charge we impose. We may not impose a service charge in connection with an overdraft that results from a transaction at an ATM or a one-time debit card transaction unless you have given us your consent to pay service charges in connection with overdrafts that result from these transactions and we have sent written confirmation of that consent to you. You may revoke that consent at any time. (D) Notice Requirements. Federal regulations require us to retain the right to require you to give at least seven (7) days’ notice in writing prior to any intended withdrawal from a savings, negotiable order of withdrawal (“NOW”), or money market account. Although we usually pay withdrawals or checks without notice on these accounts, doing so does not mean that we give up this right. (E) Postdated Items. You agree that when you write a check, you will not date the check in the future. If you do and the check is presented for payment before the date of the check, we may pay it or return it unpaid. You agree that if we pay the check, the check will be posted to your Account on the date we pay the check, even though the posting date is prior to the date of the check. You further agree that we are not responsible for any loss to you in doing so. We will not honor a postdated check if we receive advance notice from you at such a time and in such a manner as to afford us reasonable opportunity to act. The notice must be in writing, and it must specify the date, amount, and number of the check, along with the name of the payee. Notices are effective for the time periods stated under STOP PAYMENT ORDERS. You agree that we may return a postdated check to the presenter. (F) Power of Attorney. The person executing a power of attorney will be referred to as the principal and the person acting for the principal as the agent. We may refuse to comply with a power of attorney for reasonable cause, or until we receive an affidavit from the agent stating that the Power of Attorney presented is a true copy and that, to the best of the agent’s knowledge, the principal is alive and that the relevant powers of the agent have not been altered or terminated. (G) Signatures. You recognize that we have adopted automated collection and payment procedures so that we can process the greatest volume of items at the lowest possible cost to our customers. In light of this, you agree that we do not fail to exercise ordinary care in paying an item solely because our procedures do not provide for the sight examination of items with a face amount below an amount specified by us from time to time. You authorize us to store and use Signature Card information in any reasonable form we deem necessary, including any digitized signature capture process. If you use a facsimile signature or other form of mechanically reproduced signature (such as, but not limited to, desktop publishing, digitized, or computer software generated signature), you agree you shall have the sole responsibility for maintaining security of the facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature and the device by which the facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature is affixed and you shall bear the entire risk for unauthorized use thereof whether or not you are negligent. You agree that no facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature we have been authorized to honor may be considered a forgery or an unauthorized signature, but that such facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature shall be effective as your signature or endorsement whether or not you have been negligent. You further agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against any and all loss, costs, damage, liability, or exposure (including reasonable attorney’s fees) we or you may suffer or incur as a result of the unlawful use, unauthorized use, or misuse by any person of any such facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature or the device by which it is affixed. If you use any form of facsimile or mechanically reproduced signature device, you agree to deliver a sample to us if we request it. (H) Preauthorized Drafts. If we are unable to enforce presentment and transfer warranties on remotely created checks under Regulation CC, then if you voluntarily give information about your Account (such as our routing number and your account number) to a party who is seeking to sell you goods or services, and you do not physically deliver a check to the party, any debit to your account initiated by the party to whom you gave the information is deemed authorized by you. (I) Electronic Check Conversion. You may authorize a merchant or other payee to make a one-time electronic payment from your account using information from your check to pay for purchases or pay bills. The merchant or other payee uses the check information, along with the transaction amount, to initiate an ACH debit transaction. The transaction is electronically transferred through the ACH system and the funds will be debited directly from your account and deposited automatically into the merchant or payee’s account. When information from your check is used to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day you make your payment. A description of the transaction will appear on your statement from us. Checks used in these types of transactions will not be returned with your statement. This type of electronic funds transfer from a consumer account is governed by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and subject to the Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement and Disclosure(s). (J) Re-presented Checks. If a merchant electronically re-presents a check returned due to insufficient or uncollected funds, that transaction is not covered by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. Checks involved in this type of transaction will not be included with your statement. You may authorize a merchant to electronically collect a fee associated with the re-presentment of a check. If a merchant electronically collects a fee associated with the re-presentment of a check, the fee transaction is covered by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and subject to the Electronic Funds Transfer Agreement and Disclosures if the fee is debited as an electronic funds transfer from a consumer account. A description of the transaction will appear on your statement. (K) Check Legends. We may disregard information on any check or item other than the signature of the drawer, the identification of the drawee financial institution and payee, the amount, the endorsements, and any other information that appears on the MICR line. In addition, we are not responsible to take action on, or for failure to notify you of restrictive language placed on checks or other items, including but not limited to terms such as, “Void after 90 Days,” “Paid in Full,” “Two Signatures Required,” “Void Over $100” or similar statements. In accordance with reasonable banking standards, most checks and other items are processed through automated processing and, except in limited circumstances and in our discretion, most items are not individually examined. You agree that we act within reasonable banking standards by processing most checks and other items through automated processing systems. We may agree to adhere to extraneous legends if you notify us of such legends and we have agreed in writing to honor such legends.
STALE CHECKS. We reserve the right to pay or dishonor a check more than six (6) months old without prior notice to you.
CHECKING ACCOUNTS. If your account is a checking account, the following terms may apply. If we offer NOW accounts, the account must consist solely of funds in which the entire beneficial interest is held by one or more individuals in an individual capacity, a sole proprietor, or a governmental unit, but not professional corporations or business partnerships. A NOW account may also be held by a for profit organization serving in a fiduciary or trustee capacity for an entity that is itself permitted to hold a NOW account. Otherwise, an organization may hold a NOW account only if it is operated primarily for religious, philanthropic, charitable, educational, or other similar purpose.
SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. This is an interest bearing account and is not a NOW account or time deposit.
EZ TRANSFER OVERDRAFT PROTECTION. You may authorize the Bank to automatically transfer funds between your statement savings or money market account (referred to as Draw account) to your personal checking account to cover insufficient funds. Authorization must be provided by the primary owner of the checking account and the authorization remains valid until revoked in writing or any of the designated accounts are closed.
If there are not sufficient funds in your checking account to cover the amount of items presented for payment, we will automatically transfer funds from the available balance in your Draw account to your checking account. We transfer funds in increments of $50 and a transfer fee will be assessed against the Draw account for each transfer. The transfer will occur at the end of each banking day, provided available funds in the Draw account are sufficient to cover the amount of the transfer fee and overdraft items(s). If the Draw account does not have sufficient funds to cover the transfer fee and the overdraft, the transfer will not occur.
If more than one item is presented for payment that would overdraw your checking account and the Draw account does not have enough funds to pay all the items, but has enough to pay at least one item, the transfer will occur and the unpaid items will either be paid according to the Bank’s discretionary overdraft program (and assessed a fee) or returned unpaid (and assessed a fee).
This service does not guarantee you against incurring insufficient funds charges as your available balance in your Draw account may not be sufficient to cover all transactions. The transfer will not occur if the overdraft in the checking account is due solely to the assessment of service charges.
EZ Transfer Overdraft Protection does not cover ATM or one-time debit card transactions. Refer to the Miscellaneous Fees and Charges for current fees.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ITEM PROCESSING –
The Bank generally determines at the time a debit is posted to the account whether it creates an overdraft and whether an overdraft or returned item fee applies. Please note that sometimes a transaction is authorized at a time that the account has enough available funds to cover the transaction but because other items post before it and reduces the account balance, the transaction creates an overdraft when the item posts to the account. Additionally, when your account balance includes some funds that are subject to a hold, dispute or legal process, you should note that those funds are not available to cover your transactions. To avoid overdraft and returned item fees, make sure your account contains enough available funds to cover all of your transactions.
IN REGARD TO NON-SUFFICIENT FUNDS FEES ON REPRESENTED ITEMS: You may be charged multiple Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fees in connection with a single check (or item) that has been refused for payment due to insufficient funds on multiple occurrences. For instance, an item may be resubmitted and refused again for insufficient funds if the resubmitted check exceeds the available funds in the account, resulting in an additional NSF fee.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGES – The Bank reserves the right to remove and/or reinstate the discretionary overdraft privilege that we may provide to you from time to time, and which may be withdrawn or withheld by us at any time, without prior notice, reason, or cause. We may refuse to pay an overdraft for you at any time, even if your account is in good standing and even though we may have previously paid overdrafts for you. If there is an overdraft paid by us on an account with more than one (1) owner on the signature card, each owner presenting the item, creating the overdraft, shall be jointly and severally liable for such overdrafts and any service charge we impose. If you need assistance or have questions regarding overdraft privileges, balancing your checkbook, or other financial information, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-322-8233 or visit your local branch.
TIME DEPOSITS. If your Account is a time deposit, you have agreed to keep the funds on deposit until the maturity of your Account. If your Account has not matured, any withdrawal of all or part of the funds from your Account may result in an early withdrawal penalty. All withdrawals before maturity require our consent, which may be given only when the withdrawal is requested. If a withdrawal is granted, the penalty provided in the Schedule will apply. (A) Penalty. The early withdrawal penalty is calculated as a forfeiture of part of the accrued interest that has or would be earned on the Account. If your Account has not yet earned enough interest so that the penalty can be deducted from earned interest, or if the interest already has been paid, the difference will be deducted from the principal amount of your Account. For fixed rate Accounts, we will use the rate in effect for your deposit. (B) Exceptions. We may let you withdraw money from your Account before the maturity date without an early withdrawal penalty: (1) when one or more of you dies or is determined legally incompetent by a court or other administrative body of competent jurisdiction; or (2) when the Account is an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) established in accordance with 26 USC 408 and the money is paid within seven (7) days after the Account is opened; or (3) when the Account is a Keogh Plan (Keogh), if you forfeit at least the interest earned on the withdrawn funds; or (4) if the time deposit is an IRA or Keogh Plan established pursuant to 26 USC 408 or 26 USC 401, when you reach age 59 1/2 or become disabled; or (5) within an applicable grace period (if any).
STOP PAYMENT ORDERS. Subject to certain limitations, you may order us to stop payment on any check, automated clearing house/pre-authorized electronic funds transfer (“ACH/EFT”), or other item payable from your Account, whether drawn or authorized by you or any other account holder, as follows:
Stop Payment against a Check or Other Item. A stop payment request against a check or other item payable from your Account will be effective if we receive the order at such time and in such manner as to afford us a reasonable opportunity to act upon the order. A stop payment order against a check or other item payable from your Account is effective for six (6) months, but it lapses after fourteen (14) calendar days if the original order was oral and was not confirmed in writing within that period. A stop payment order against a check or other item payable from your Account may be renewed for additional six (6) month periods if renewed during a period within which the stop payment order is effective.
Stop Payment against an ACH/EFT. A stop payment order against an ACH/EFT may be honored if received at least three (3) banking days before the scheduled date of the transfer. If we honor a stop payment request against an ACH/EFT received on or within three (3) banking days of the scheduled transfer, we do so without any liability or responsibility to any party having any interest in the entry. A stop payment order against an ACH/EFT is effective until the earlier of: (i) you withdraw the stop payment order, or (ii) the debit entry is returned, or, where a stop payment order is applied to more than one debit entry under a specific authorization involving a specific party, all such debit entries are returned. We may require you to provide us written confirmation of a verbal stop order request against an ACH/EFT within fourteen (14) calendar days. Additionally, if you request us to stop all future payments pursuant to a specific ACH/EFT authorization involving a particular party, we may require you to confirm in writing that you have revoked such authorization.
All stop payment order requests will require you to provide the date, the amount, and the number of the item or authorization, together with the name of the payee. If you give us incorrect information, we will not be liable for failing to stop payment on the item or authorization. Our acceptance of a stop payment order will not constitute a representation that the item or authorization has not already been paid or that we have a reasonable opportunity to act upon the order. You may not stop payment on an official, certified, cashier’s, or teller’s check issued by us, or request us to stop payment if we have otherwise become accountable for the item or authorization. In addition, you may not stop payment on checks governed by a separate agreement, such as a check guaranty agreement. Further you may not stop payment on an item or authorization after acceptance of the same by us.
Based upon the type of account ownership that you have designated, the following terms and conditions apply.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS. An Individual Account is an account in the name of one depositor only. Only that person may write checks against the Account or withdraw money, regardless of who actually owns the funds.
MULTIPLE-PARTY ACCOUNTS. This section pertains to multiple party accounts:
Each joint Account Holder, without the consent of any other Account Holder, may, and hereby is authorized by every other joint Account Holder, to make any transaction permitted under the Agreement, including without limitation: to withdraw all or any part of the account funds; to pledge the account funds as collateral to us for any obligation, whether that of one or more Account Holders or of a third party; to endorse and deposit checks and other items payable to any joint Account Holder; to give stop payment orders on any check or item, whether drawn by that Account Holder or not; to consent to or revoke consent to payment of service charges on overdrafts that result from ATM transactions or one-time debit card transactions under the Standard Overdraft Policy; and, to close the account, with the disbursement of account proceeds as instructed by the joint Account Holder. Each joint Account Holder is authorized to act for the other Account Holder(s) and we may accept orders and instructions regarding the account from any joint Account Holder. If we believe there to be a dispute between joint Account Holders or we receive inconsistent instructions from the Account Holders, we may suspend or close the account, require a court order to act, and/or require that all joint Account Holders agree in writing to any transaction concerning the account.
Your obligations under the Agreement are joint and several. This means that each joint Account Holder is fully and personally obligated under the terms of the Agreement, including liability for overdrafts and debit balances as set forth above, irrespective of which joint Account Holder benefited from the withdrawal. If you establish a joint account without the signature of the other joint Account Holder(s), you agree to hold us harmless for our reliance upon your designation of the other joint Account Holder(s) listed on our documents. Further, the Account is subject to the right of setoff as set forth below.
ADDITIONAL ACCOUNT TYPES. This section applies to other deposit account types:
BUSINESS DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS: Duty to report unauthorized or erroneous payment. You must exercise ordinary care to determine that all payment orders or amendments to payment orders that we accept that are issued in your name are authorized, enforceable, in the correct amount, to the correct beneficiary, and not otherwise erroneous. If you discover (or with reasonable care should have discovered) an unauthorized, unenforceable, or erroneously executed payment order or amendment, you must exercise ordinary care to notify us of the relevant facts. The time you have to notify us will depend on the circumstances, but that time will not in any circumstance exceed 14 days from when you are notified of our acceptance or execution of the payment order or amendment or that your account was debited with respect to the order or amendment. If you do not provide us with timely notice you will not be entitled to interest on any refundable amount. If we can prove that you failed to perform either of these duties with respect to an erroneous payment and that we incurred a loss as a result of the failure, you are liable to us for the amount of the loss and not exceeding the amount of your order.
ASSIGNABILITY. The account established under this Agreement is not assignable or transferable except with our consent. We must approve any pledge of the Account and any such pledge remains subject to any right we have under the Agreement and applicable state and federal law. If ownership is proposed to be transferred, we may require the Account be closed and a new account opened in the name of the transferee or pledgee.
FINANCIAL INSTITUTION LIABILITY. You agree that if we do not properly complete a transaction according to the Agreement, we will not be liable in any event for losses or damages in excess of the amount of the transaction, and we will not be liable if circumstances beyond our control prevent the transaction, or the funds in your Account are or may be subject to legal process or other claim. In no event will we be liable for consequential damages. In receiving items from you for withdrawal or deposit, we act only as your agent. You are responsible for the condition of a check or item when you issue it. If a check or item is returned or payment is delayed as a result of any writing or marking that you or a prior endorser placed on the front or back of the check or item, you will be responsible for any cost and liabilities associated with such return or delay. We reserve the right to refuse any item for deposit or to reverse credit for any deposited items or to charge your Account for items should they become lost in the collection process.
RIGHT OF SETOFF. Subject to applicable law, we may exercise our right of setoff or security interest against any and all of your Accounts (except IRA, HSA, Keogh plan and Trust Accounts) without notice, for any liability or debt of any of you, whether joint or individual, whether direct or contingent, whether now or hereafter existing, and whether arising from overdrafts, endorsements, guarantees, loans, attachments, garnishments, levies, attorneys’ fees, or other obligations. If the Account is a joint or multiple-party account, each joint or multiple-party account holder authorizes us to exercise our right of setoff against any and all Accounts of each Account Holder. We may not exercise our right of setoff or security interest if prohibited by the Military Lending Act.
DORMANT ACCOUNTS. If you have not made a withdrawal from, or a deposit to, your Account for an extended period of time and we have been unable to contact you, your Account may be classified by us as dormant. Subject to applicable law, we may charge a dormant account fee on the Account, and the Account will be presumed to be abandoned. In accordance with state law, funds in abandoned accounts will be remitted to the custody of the applicable state agency, and we will have no further liability to you for such funds. We reserve the right not to send statements on accounts we consider dormant, subject to applicable law.
ACCOUNT STATEMENTS. You are responsible for promptly examining your statement each statement period and reporting any irregularities to us. Each account statement will be considered to correctly reflect your transactions, such as deposits, withdrawals, credits, refunds, imposition of fees, interest or dividends, and other additions and subtractions to your Account, unless you notify us in writing within certain time limits after the statement that incorrectly reflects your transactions is made available to you. We will not be liable for any check that is altered or any signature that is forged unless you notify us within Sixty (60) calendar days after the statement and the altered or forged item(s) are made available. Also, we will not be liable for any subsequent items paid, in good faith, containing an unauthorized signature or alteration by the same wrongdoer unless you notify us within Ten (10) calendar days after the statement and first altered or forged items were made available. You must report any other Account problem including encoding errors, and errors involving additions or subtractions (debits and credits) not otherwise covered herein, including electronic transactions not covered by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, within Sixty (60) calendar days. If the suspected account problem involves a substitute check that you receive, you may (under some circumstances) be entitled to make a claim for an expedited refund. Such a claim may be subject to different notification timeframes. See the Substitute Check Policy Disclosure (if applicable) for further information. If you have requested us to hold your Account statements, we have the right to mail your statements if you have not claimed them within Thirty (30) calendar days. If we truncate your checks, you understand that your original checks will not be returned to you with your statement. You agree that our retention of checks does not alter or waive your responsibility to examine your statements or change the time limits for notifying us of any errors.
WHOLESALE WIRE AND ACH TRANSACTIONS. With respect to wire transfers or other transfers of funds not governed by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, you agree to enter into and comply with our wire transfer (if applicable) agreement and to comply with our security procedures and this section. We advise you that any receiving financial institution (including us) is entitled to rely on any account or savings bank number you have provided even though that account or savings bank number may identify a party different from the person or entity you have described by name in any transfer order.
UNLAWFUL INTERNET GAMBLING TRANSACTIONS PROHIBITED
If you are a commercial customer, you certify that you are not now engaged in, and during the life of this Agreement will not engage in, any activity or business that is unlawful under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, 31 USC 5361, et seq., (the “UIGEA”). You may not use your Account or any other service we offer to receive any funds, transfer, credit, instrument or proceeds that arise out of a business that is unlawful under the UIGEA. You agree that if anyone asks us to process a transaction that we believe is restricted under the UIGEA, we may block the transaction and take any other action we deem to be reasonable under the UIGEA and this Agreement.
NOTICES. The following terms apply to notices relating to your Account. (A) Notice of Amendments. You agree that the terms and conditions of the Agreement, including without limitation all rates, fees, and charges, may be amended by us from time to time. We will notify you of amendments as required by applicable law. Your continued use of the Account evidences your agreement to any amendment. Notices will be sent to the most recent address shown on our records for your Account. Only one notice will be given in the case of joint account holders. (B) Account Changes. Any account holder or person authorized to sign on an account is required to notify us in writing if any account holder or other person authorized to sign on an account dies or is declared incompetent by a court. It is your responsibility to notify us of any change in your address or name. We are required to honor items drawn only on the listed Account name. Further, we are required to attempt to communicate with you only at the most recent address provided to us.
ACCOUNT TERMINATION. You and we agree that either of us may close your Account and terminate this Agreement at any time with or without cause. We will provide written notice to you in advance if we decide to terminate your Account relationship for any reason other than abuse of the account relationship or to prevent a loss. You agree that advance written notice from us will be reasonable if it is mailed to your statement mailing address immediately upon account closure. You agree that in instances of account abuse or to prevent a loss, notice is reasonably given by us if mailed immediately upon account closure. You may close any of your accounts by notifying us in writing. When an interest bearing account is closed, there may be accrued interest that has not been credited to the account. In that case, we will pay you the interest UNLESS we have told you otherwise. Further, for security reasons, we may require you to close your Account and to open a new account if: there is a change in authorized signers; there has been a forgery or fraud reported or committed involving your Account; any Account checks are lost or stolen; you have too many transfers from your Account; or, any other provision of our Agreement with you is violated. After the Account is closed, we have no obligation to accept deposits or pay any outstanding checks. You agree to hold us harmless for refusing to honor any check drawn on a closed account. In the event that we close your Account, we may mail you a Cashier’s Check for the applicable remaining Account balance. The termination of this Agreement and closing of an account will not release you from any fees or other obligations incurred prior to the date upon which this Agreement is terminated and an account closed, any fees assessed by us in the process of closing an account, or from your responsibility to maintain sufficient funds in an account to cover any outstanding checks or other debit items.
GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with all applicable federal laws and all applicable substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in which we are located and where you opened your account. In addition, we are subject to certain federal and state regulations and local clearing house rules governing the subject matter of the Agreement. You understand that we must comply with these laws, regulations, and rules. You agree that if there is any inconsistency between the terms of the Agreement and any applicable law, regulation, or rule, the terms of the Agreement will prevail to the extent any such law, regulation, or rule may be modified by agreement.
SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE. We shall not be responsible to you for any loss or damages suffered by you as a result of the failure of systems and software used by you to interface with our systems or systems and software utilized by you to initiate or process banking transactions whether such transactions are initiated or processed directly with our systems or through a third party service provider. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the adequacy of systems and software utilized by you to process banking transactions and the ability of such systems and software to do so accurately.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW ACCOUNT. To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.
CREDIT VERIFICATION. You authorize us to request and obtain one or more credit reports about you from one or more credit reporting agencies for the purposes of considering your application for the Account, reviewing or collecting any Account opened for you, or for any other legitimate business purpose. You authorize us to disclose information about your account to a credit reporting agency if your Account was closed because you have abused it.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS. If you or your Account becomes involved in any legal proceedings, your use of the Account may be restricted. You agree not to use the Account in any illegal activity. We shall be entitled to act upon any legal process served upon us which we reasonably believe to be binding, with no liability to you for doing so. You understand that supervisory personnel may randomly monitor customer service telephone conversations to ensure that you receive accurate, courteous, and fair treatment. If you ask us to follow instructions that we believe might expose us to any claim, liability, or damages, we may refuse to follow your instructions or may require a bond or other protection, including your agreement to indemnify us. You agree to be liable to us, to the extent permitted by law, for any loss, costs, or expenses that we may incur as a result of any dispute or legal proceeding involving your Account. You authorize us to deduct any such loss, costs, or expenses from your Account without prior notice to you or to bill you separately. This obligation includes disputes between you and us involving your Account and situations where we become involved in disputes between you and an authorized signer, a joint owner, or a third party claiming an interest in your Account. It also includes situations where any action taken on your Account by you, an authorized signer, a joint owner, or a third party causes us to seek the advice of an attorney, whether or not we actually become involved in a dispute. Any action by us for reimbursement from you for any costs or expenses may also be made against your estate, heirs and legal representatives, who shall be liable for any claims made against and expenses incurred by us. If a court finds any provision of the Agreement to be invalid or unenforceable, such finding shall not make the rest of the Agreement invalid or unenforceable. If feasible, any such offending provision shall be deemed to be modified to be within the limits of enforceability or validity; however, if the offending provision cannot be so modified, it shall be stricken and all other provisions of the Agreement in all other respects shall remain valid and enforceable.
FUNDS TRANSFERS. The terms used in this section have the meaning given to them in Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code – Funds Transfers (UCC 4A). This section will generally not apply to you if you are a consumer. However, even if you are a consumer, this section will apply to that part of any funds transfer that is conducted by Fedwire. This section is subject to UCC 4A as adopted in the state in which you have your deposit with us. This agreement is also subject to all clearing house association rules, rules of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and their operating circulars. If any part of this agreement is determined to be unenforceable, the rest of the agreement remains effective. This agreement controls funds transfers unless supplemented or amended in a separate written agreement signed by us.
WHAT DOES COUNTRY BANK DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.
The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:
When you are no longer our customer, we continue to share your information as described in this notice.
All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons Country Bank chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.
|REASONS WE CAN SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION||DOES COUNTRY BANK SHARE?||CAN YOU LIMIT THIS SHARING?|
|For our everyday business purposes:
such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus
|For our marketing purposes:
to offer our products and services to you
|For joint marketing with other financial companies||Yes||No|
|For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes:
information about your transactions and experiences
|No||We don’t share|
|For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes:
information about your creditworthiness
|No||We don’t Share|
|For nonaffiliates to market to you||No||We don’t share|
WHO WE ARE
Who is providing this notice? Country Bank
WHAT WE DO
How does Country Bank Protect my personal information?
How does Country Bank collect my personal information?
We collect your personal information, for example, when you
We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.
Why can’t I limit all sharing?
Federal law gives you the right to limit only
State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing. See below for more on your rights under state law.
Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.
Companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.
A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.
Other important information
We will not share any information derived from deposit relationships with us about customers who reside in Massachusetts.
Questions? Call 800-322-8233 or go to www.countrybank.com or stop by any branch location.