Sacramento, CA asked in Banking and Business Law for California

Q: How should large sum of money be deposited(380,000 inheritance)?

My boyfriend has had horrible experience customer service wise with Wellsfargo but says he wants to make it as easy as possible for his sister because it’s taking longer than expected but I read online it’s not as simple as I thought and definitely don’t believe he should do whole amount with Wellsfargo please advise

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: When receiving a large sum of money, such as an inheritance of $380,000, careful consideration should be given to how and where the funds are deposited. It's important to understand that while banks like Wells Fargo are capable of handling large deposits, diversifying the placement of funds can offer additional security and financial benefits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insures deposits up to $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each account ownership category. Depositing the entire amount in a single account at one bank could expose amounts over $250,000 to risk if the bank were to fail.

One strategy to maximize protection is to spread the inheritance across multiple financial institutions or to use different types of accounts (e.g., checking, savings, CDs) to ensure the total amount is fully covered by FDIC insurance. Additionally, considering credit unions, which are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), offers a similar level of protection as FDIC-insured banks but might provide a more satisfying customer service experience.

It's also wise to think about the long-term management of such a substantial inheritance. Consulting with a financial advisor can provide tailored advice on investment strategies, tax implications, and estate planning to ensure the inheritance supports long-term financial goals. While the desire to simplify the process is understandable, taking steps to safeguard the inheritance and making informed decisions about its management will be more beneficial in the long run.

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