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First Bank of Utica



Dear Depositor:

This policy contains rules which govern your account(s) with us. Please read this policy carefully; if you sign your signature card or continue to maintain your account you agree to these rules, you agree to pay the fees we charge and you give us the right to collect the fees, as earned, directly from the account balance. You will receive a separate schedule of interest rates, qualifying balances, and fees if they are not included elsewhere in this policy. If you have any questions, please call us.

Much of our relationship with our depositors is governed by state and federal law (which may change from time to time). This body of law is too large and complex to be reproduced here.

The purpose of this policy is to:

We may permit some variations from this standard agreement, but any such variations must be agreed to in writing either on our signature card for the account or in some other written form.

As used in this policy, the words "we", "our" and "us" mean the financial institution and the words "you" and "your" mean the account holder(s) and any authorized signer on your account. "Party" means a person who, by the terms of this account, has a present right, subject to request, to payment from the account other than as a beneficiary or agent.


Each of you agrees, for yourself (and the person or entity you represent if you sign as a representative of another) to the terms of this account and the schedule of charges that may be imposed. You authorize us to deduct these charges as accrued directly from the account balance. You also agree to pay additional reasonable charges we may impose for services you request which are not contemplated by this agreement. Each of you also agrees to be jointly and severally liable for any account deficit res43lting from charges or overdrafts, whether caused by you or another authorized to withdraw from this account, and the costs we incur to collect the deficit including, to the extent permitted by law, our reasonable attorneys' fees.


Any items, other than cash, accepted for deposit (including items drawn "on us") will be given provisional credit only until collection is final (and actual credit for deposits of, or payable in, foreign currency will be at the exchange rate in effect on final collection in U.S. dollars). We are not responsible for transactions initiated by mail or outside depository until we actually record them. All transactions received after our "daily cut-off time" on a business day we are open. or received on a day in which we are not open for business, will be treated and recorded as if initiated on the next following business day that we are open.


Unless otherwise clearly indicated to the contrary, anyone of you who signs in the space designated for signatures on the signature card, including authorized signers, may withdraw or transfer all or any part of the account balance at any time on forms approved by us. Each of you (until we receive written notice to the contrary) authorizes each other· person signing this form to endorse any item payable to you or your order for deposit to this account or any other transaction with us. We may charge against your account a check, even though payment was made before the date of the check, unless you have given us written notice of the postdating. The fact that we may honor withdrawal requests which overdraw the finally collected account balance does not obligate us to do so, unless required by law. Withdrawals will first be made from collected funds, and we may, unless prohibited by law or our written policy, refuse any withdrawal request against uncollected funds, even if our general practice is to the contrary. We reserve the right to refuse any withdrawal or transfer request which is attempted by any method not specifically permitted, which is for an amount less than any minimum withdrawal requirement, or which exceeds any frequency limitation. Even if we honor a nonconforming request, repeated abuse of the stated limitations (if any) may eventually force us to close this account. We will use the date a transaction is completed by us (as ·opposed to the day you initiate it) to apply the frequency limitations. On interest-bearing accounts other than time deposits, we reserve the right to require at least seven days' written notice before any withdrawal or transfer. Withdrawals from a time deposit prior to maturity or prior to the expiration of any notice period may be restricted and may be subject to penalty. See your notice of penalties for early withdrawal.


The following provisions explain the rules applicable to this account depending on the form of ownership specified on the account records. Only the portion corresponding to the form of ownership specified will apply. Single Party Account - ­Such an account is owned by one party. Multiple Party Account - ­Parties own account in proportion to net contributions unless there is clear and convincing evidence of a different intent. Corporate, Partnership', and other Organizational Accounts - We reserve the right to require the governing body of the legal entity to give us a separate authorization telling us who is authorized to act on its behalf. We will honor such an authorization until we actually receive written notice of a change from the governing body.


Single-Party Account - At death of party, ownership passes as part of party's estate. Multiple-Party Account With Right of Survivorship - At death of party, ownership passes to surviving parties. If two or more parties survive and one is the surviving spouse of the deceased party, the amount to which the deceased party, immediately before death, was beneficially entitled by law belongs to the surviving spouse. If two or more parties survive and none is the spouse of the decedent, the amount to which the deceased party, immediately before death, was beneficially entitled by law belongs to the surviving parties in equal shares. Multiple-Party Account without Right of Survivorship ­At death of party, deceased party's ownership passes as part of deceased party's estate. Single Party Account With POD (Pay­-on-Death) Designation - At death of party, ownership passes to POD beneficiaries and is not part of party's estate. Multiple Party Accounts With Right of Survivorship and POD (Pay-an-Death) Designation· At death of last surviving party, ownership passes to POD beneficiaries and is not part of last surviving party's estate.


A stop-payment' order must be given in the manner required by law and must be received in time to give us a reasonable opportunity to act on it before our stop-payment cut-off time. Our stop-payment cut-off time is 6ne hour after the opening of the next banking day after the banking day on which we receive the item. Additional limitations on our obligation to stop-payment are provided by law. A stop-payment order must precisely identify the number, date and amount of the item, and the payee. We will honor a stop-payment request by the person who signed the particular item, and, by any other person, even though such other person did not sign the item, if such other person has an equal or greater right to withdraw from this account than the person who signed the item in question. A release of the stop-payment request may be made only by the person who initiated the stop-payment.


A transfer of funds from this account to another account with us, by telephone, if otherwise permitted or arranged for, may be made by the same persons and under the same conditions generally applicable to withdrawals made in writing. We restrict the number of transfers from a savings account to another account, or third parties, to a maximum of six per month (less the number of certain "preauthorized transfers" during the month). Other account transfer restrictions are shown elsewhere in this policy.


We may change any term of this agreement. Rules governing changes in interest rates have been provided separately. For other: changes we will give you reasonable notice in writing or by any' other method permitted by law. We may also close this account at any lime upon reasonable notice to you and tender of the account balance personally or by mail. Notice from us to anyone of you is notice to all of you.


You must examine your statement of account with "reasonable promptness." 11 you discover (or reasonably should have discovered) any unauthorized payments or alterations, you must promptly notify us of the relevant facts. If you fail to do either of these duties, you will have to either share the loss with us, or bear the loss entirely yourself (depending on whether we exercised ordinary care and, if not, whether we substantially contributed to the loss.) The loss could be not only with respect to items on the statement but other items forged or altered by the same wrongdoer. You agree that the time you have to examine your statement and report to us will depend on the circumstances, but that such time will not, in any circumstance, exceed a total of 30 days from when the statement is first made available to you.

You further agree that if you fail to. report any unauthorized signatures, alterations, forgeries or any other errors in your account within 60 days of when we make the statement available, you cannot assert a claim against us on any items in that statement, and the loss will be entirely yours. This 60 day limitation is without regard to whether we exercised ordinary care. The limitation in this paragraph is in addition to that contained in the first paragraph of this section.


This account may not be transferred or assigned without our prior written consent.


If, in connection with a direct deposit plan, we deposit any amou'1t in this account which should have been returned to the Federal Government for any reason, you authorize us to deduct the amount of our liability to the Federal Government from this account or from any other account you have with us, without prior notice and at any time, except as prohibited by law. We may also use any other legal remedy to recover the amount of our liability.


If this option is selected, this is a temporary account agreement. Each person who signs in the space designated for signatures on the signature card (except as indicated to the contrary) may transact business on this account. However, we may at some time in the future restrict or prohibit further use of this account if you fail to comply with the requirements we have imposed within a reasonable time.


You each agree that we may (without prior notice and when permitted by law) set off the funds in this account against any due and payable debt owed to us now or in the future, by any of you having the right of withdrawal, to the extent of such persons' or legal entity's right to withdraw. If the debt arises from a note, "any due and payable debt" includes the total amount of which we are entitled to demand payment under the terms of the note at the time we set off, including any balance the due date for which we properly accelerate under the note. This right of set-off does not apply to this account if: (a) it is an Individual Retirement Account or other tax-deferred retirement account, or (b) the debt is created by a consumer credit transaction under a credit card plan, or (c) the debtor's right of withdrawal arises only in a representative capacity. We will not be liable for the dishonor of any check when the dishonor occurs because we, set off a debt against this account. You agree to hold us harmless from any claim arising as a result of our exercise of our right of set-off.


Agents may make account transactions for parties, but have no ownership or rights at death unless named as Pay-on-Death beneficiaries.


We are not required to honor any restrictive legend on checks you write unless we have agreed to the restriction in a writing signed by an officer of the financial institution. Examples of restrictive legends are "must be presented within 90 days or "not valid for more than $1,000.00".


This policy statement applies to all deposit accounts. Our policy is to make funds from your deposits available to you on the same day we receive your deposit. At that, time you can withdraw the funds in cash and we will use the funds to pay checks that you have written.

Please remember that even after we have made funds available to you, and you have withdrawn the funds, you are still responsible for checks you deposit that are returned to us unpaid and for any other problems involving your deposit.

For determining the availability of your deposits, every day is a business day, except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. If you make a deposit before 2:00 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 after 2:00 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.

If we cash a check for you that is drawn on another bank, we may withhold the availability of a corresponding amount of funds that are already in your account. Those funds will be available at the time funds from the check we cashed would have been available if you had deposited it.


In some cases, we will not make all of the funds that you deposit by check available to you on the same day we receive your deposit. Depending on the type of check that you deposit, funds may not be available until the fifth business day after the day of your deposit. However, the first $100 of your deposits will be available on the same day we receive your deposit.

If we are not going to make all of the funds from your deposit available on the same day we receive your deposit, 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 day after we receive your deposit.

If you will need the funds from a deposit right away, you should ask us when the funds will be available.

In addition, funds you deposit by check may be delayed for a longer period under the following circumstances:

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 ninth business day after the day of your deposit.