Totten trust

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A Totten trust is a bank account in the depositor’s name “as trustee for” a named beneficiary. A Totten trust can be revoked by: (1) the withdrawal of all money from the bank account; (2) if there is an express revocation in writing made during the lifetime of the depositor; or (3) if the beneficiary dies. A tentative trust was given the name “Totten trust” after a 1904 case in New York which allowed the controversial trusts. 

See also: tentative trust

[Last updated in October of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]