Deceased Member Issues

By David A. Wolfe, Attorney On occasion, credit unions are faced with the death of an account holder or borrower and the resultant issues that arise. The grief process is always difficult for the family and disputes may arise involving inheritance rights as the estate is settled.  If the member has a will, the process…

The Basics of the Member Business Loan

By Robert T. Lieber Jr.,  Attorney At the end of 2012, credit unions had over $41 billion in member business loans outstanding, but as more credit unions either add member business lending programs or aim to grow their existing programs, the risks associated with member business loans continue to loom. A member business loan (MBL)…

The CFPB and Compliance Costs: Genuine Concern or Lip Service?

By Matthew D. Urban, Attorney On March 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced in a blog post¹ its intent to study the costs that financial institutions, including credit unions,  incur in order to comply with consumer finance regulations.  Specifically they indicated a desire to know the extent and nature of compliance costs…

Changes to Rules Affecting the Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments

By John B. C. Porter, Partner  The Department of the Treasury, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Railroad Retirement Board and the Office of Personnel Management (“Agencies”) published a proposed rule on April 19, 2010, to address concerns related to the garnishment of certain exempt Federal benefit payments direct deposited into…

One Year and Two Dollars Later

By Shari Storm In 2012 I compiled “23 Credit Union Truths” for this blog site and we later discussed them on the Current Issues in Credit Unions podcast. Truth number 9 was “You can spend $2 million pleading with your members to change their behavior. Charge a $2 fee and they change overnight. In other…

Credit Unions Capitalize On Mobile Banking Trend

By Angie Picardo It’s no secret that mobile banking has exploded in the past five years. As smartphone and tablet saturation increases, consumers have begun to expect that their financial institution will offer a free mobile application (app) for their mobile devices that provides services such as checking account balances, finding ATMS, and transferring funds.…