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Change a Sole Ownership Account Due to Death

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Changes involving a Probated Estate. Upon the death of a sole owner when the owner's estate is being probated, you may reregister the account to the estate by providing the following:

  1. A completed Shareholder Request Form referencing the account number(s) and signed by the executor(s) for the estate. A signature guarantee is not required to transfer the deceased owner's shares to the estate.
  2. A photocopy of the Letters Testamentary certified within the last 120 days establishing the executor's authority to transfer shares to the estate.
  3. A photocopy of the death certificate.
  4. A photocopy of an Inheritance Tax Waiver or Consent to Transfer from the state tax authority may be required if the deceased owner legally resided in the state of Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, or Tennessee. If the deceased owner legally resided in any of these states, please call us at (866) 821-7519 for more information.
  5. Any outstanding shares in certificate form must be returned to Franklin Templeton Investor Services, LLC, by registered or certified mail.
  6. An Account Application signed and completed by the executor(s).

Please call us at (866) 821-7519 if you have questions about the information provided above. Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Changes not involving a Probated Estate. Upon the death of a sole owner when the owner's estate is not being probated and is subject to small estate administration under the laws of the deceased owner's State of legal residence, you may reregister the account to the heir(s) by providing the following:

Note: Please consult the attorney for the decedent's estate to ensure the estate is eligible for small estate administration under the laws of the decedent's State of legal residence.

  1. A completed Shareholder Request Form referencing the account number(s) and signed in accordance with the authority established under the small estate laws of the deceased shareholder's State of legal residence.
  2. Small Estate document properly signed and executed according to the small estate laws of the deceased shareholder's State of legal residence. Please consult the attorney for the decedent's estate to obtain the small estate document applicable to the deceased shareholder's State of legal residence.
  3. A photocopy of the death certificate.
  4. A photocopy of an Inheritance Tax Waiver or Consent to Transfer from the state tax authority may be required if the deceased owner legally resided in the state of Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, or Tennessee. If the deceased owner legally resided in any of these states, please call us at (866) 821-7519 for more information.
  5. Any outstanding shares in certificate form must be returned to Franklin Templeton Investor Services, LLC, by registered or certified mail.
  6. An Account Application signed and completed by the heir(s).

Please call us at (866) 821-7519 if you have questions about the information provided above. Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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