SEBI Eases Share Transfer Norms for Deceased Holders’ Accounts

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) today simplified the procedure for transfer of securities from the account of a deceased person and raised the threshold limit for such transactions in demat format to Rs 5 lakh.

The move is aimed at making transmission of securities in both dematerialised and physical modes more efficient and investor friendly.

Transmission refers to the transfer of securities from the account of a deceased holder to that of surviving joint holder, nominee or legal heir.

Simplifying the process, SEBI the threshold value for transmission of demat securities —— in the case of deceased person without a nominee —— has been increased to Rs 5 lakh. Earlier, the limit was Rs 1 lakh.

The changes have been made after reviewing the process followed by share transfer agents and the issuer companies for effecting transmission of securities. In this regard, Sebi also held deliberations with Registrars Association of India (RAIN) and the depositories.

For transmission of securities in physical mode, where the securities are held in single name with a nominee, Sebi asked share transfer agents or issuer companies to follow the standardised documentary requirement specified by it, according to a circular.

This process requires an application in a prescribed format, along with supporting documents, as evidence for the death of the holder.

For securities held in single name without a nominee, SEBI has said that additional documents such as identity card and claim of legal ownership to the securities might be sought.

In case, the valuations of such securities are over Rs 2 lakh, a succession certificate or probate of will or Letter of Administration or court decree is required.

The timeline for processing the transmission requests for securities held in dematerialised and physical mode would be 7 days and 21 days respectively, after receipt of the prescribed documents.

Business Line, New Delhi, 28-10-2013

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