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How Do I Change the Beneficiaries or Transfer on Death Provision on My Account?

For existing retirement accounts, use the Beneficiary Designation form to make changes to your named beneficiaries. Complete and submit the form according to the instructions.

Transfer on Death (TOD) Registration may be completed by using the Transfer on Death Registration form. Transfer on Death is a form of ownership that enables individual or joint tenant account owner(s) to designate a beneficiary to “automatically” become the new account owner upon the death of the current owner(s). Although a TOD account in no way avoids inheritance taxes, it does allow the assets in an account to be transferred to the named beneficiaries without going through probate.

The signature of the account owner(s) must have a Medallion Signature Guarantee if adding or changing the beneficiary on an existing account.

Need Help?

If you need help with account beneficiary provisions, please contact your financial professional or call us at 1.800.222.5852.



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