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From: Borner, Tom
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 10:25 AM
To: Comments
Subject: IOLTA Accounts

Greetings:

 In addition to serving in my capacity at Putnam Bank, I am of counsel to a law firm. I have serious concerns about the IOLTA accounts and whether they are included in the Temporary Liquidity Program. Attorneys in Connecticut are required to maintain these accounts with institutions agreeing to credit interest and pay directly to the Bar Foundation for its legal service fund. The attorney does not make money from these accounts nor can they be placed in non-interest bearing accounts. This is similar to real estate brokerís accounts where the interest is paid to a housing fund.

 As an attorney I recently received a letter from the Bar Foundation explaining that should the bank in which these accounts are held fail, the attorney may be liable if the amount for any one client exceeds the FDIC insurance limit for that customer. Since these accounts are held for real estate closings there are frequently times when the balance per client exceeds the insured limit.  Since the duty to complete due diligence on the bank is on the attorney many attorney have seen this as a sign to only deal with the banks, such as Bank of America, who come under the to big to fail doctrine.

Please consider creating an exception for these accounts since they do not really pay interest and will serve to put community bank at an extreme disadvantage.

Thomas A. Borner
Chairman and CEO
Putnam Bank


 


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