Is it okay to name a revocable trust as beneficiary of a bank account if the bank does not allow trusts to own accounts?

Many online-only banks offer higher interest rates for online savings accounts but I found that most of these banks do not allow accounts to be owned by a trust. If I list my trust as beneficiary, is it just as good as having the trust own the account?


Naming the trust as a beneficiary is a way to fund the trust at your death, thus avoiding probate. There is one drawback. As the trust doesn’t own the asset, the Trustees will not have any way to take over the asset if you become incompetent. You would need to execute a power of attorney to name an agent that could make financial decisions for you outside of the trust context.

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