Self-Directed Custodial Account Agreement
(“Account Holder”, “Customer”, “you”, “your”) hereby requests and directs that Prime Trust, LLC (“Prime Trust”, “Custodian”, “we”, “our”, “us”), a Nevada chartered trust company, establish a Custodial Account (“Account”) for and in the name of Account Holder, and to hold as custodian all assets deposited to, or collected with respect to such Account, upon the following terms and conditions:
1. APPOINTMENT OF CUSTODIAN:
Account Holder hereby appoints Prime Trust to be custodian of and to hold or process as directed all securities, cash and other assets of Account Holder (hereinafter referred to as “Custodial Property”) that are delivered to and accepted by Custodian by Account Holder or Account Holder’s Agent(s) (as defined below) to the Account in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
2. SELF-DIRECTED INVESTMENTS:
a. This Account is a self-directed Account by Account Holder and/or Account Holder’s Agents. Prime Trust will act solely as custodian of the Custodial Property and will not exercise any investment or tax planning discretion regarding your Account, as this is solely your responsibility and/or the responsibility of advisors, brokers and others you designate and appoint as your agent through settings and tools we provide you with for your Account (“Agents”), if any. Prime Trust undertakes to perform only such duties as are expressly set forth herein, all of which are ministerial in nature.
b. As a self-directed Account, you recognize and accept that:
i. The value of your Account will be solely dependent upon the performance of any asset(s) chosen by you and/or your Agents.
ii. Prime Trust shall have no duty or responsibility to review or perform due diligence on any investments or other Custodial Property and will make absolutely no recommendation of investments, nor to supervise any such investments. You will perform your own due diligence on all investments and take sole responsibility for all decisions made for your Account.
iii. Prime Trust does not provide the valuation or appraisals of any assets, nor does it hire or seek valuations or appraisals on any Custodial Property, provided, however, it may, at its option and with no obligation or liability, to the extent available for any particular asset, include recent price quotes or value estimates from various third-party sources, including but not limited to SEC-registered exchanges and alternative trading systems, digital asset exchanges, and real estate websites on your statement for any such Custodial Property. Prime Trust will not be expected or obligated to attempt to verify the validity, accuracy or reliability of any such third-party valuation or valuation estimates or prices and you agree that Prime Trust shall in no way be held liable for any such valuation estimates or price quotations, and that we simply acted in a passive, pass-through capacity in providing these (if any) on your Account statements and that such valuation estimates or price quotations are neither verified, substantiated nor to be relied upon in any way, for any purpose, including, without limitation, tax reporting purposes. You are advised to engage an independent form for a professional valuation opinion on Custodial Property.
c. Account Holder will not direct or permit its Agents to direct the purchase, sale or transfer of any Custodial Property which is not permissible under the laws of Account Holder’s place of residence or illegal under US federal, state or local law. Account Holder hereby warrants that neither you nor your Agents will enter into a transaction or series of transactions, or cause a transaction to be entered into, which is prohibited under Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code. Pursuant to the directions of the Account Holder or Agent(s), Prime Trust shall process the investment and reinvestment of Custodial Property as directed by Account Holder or its Agents only so long as, in the sole judgment of Prime Trust, such requested investments will not impose an unreasonable administrative burden on Prime Trust (which such determination by Prime Trust shall not to be construed in any respect as a judgment concerning the prudence or advisability of such investment). Custodian may rely upon any notice, instruction, request or other instrument believed by it to have been delivered from the Account Holder or its Agents, not only as to its due execution, validity and effectiveness, but also as to the truth and accuracy of any information contained therein.
d. Buy and sell orders may, at Custodians discretion, be accepted verbally, including via telephone, or electronically, including email and internet-enabled devices and systems provided, however, that Custodian may, but is not required to, require Account Holder or its Agents to promptly provide email, text or other confirmation to verify such instructions and any such instructions will not be deemed as received until verified in accordance with the Custodians policies and procedures. Prime Trust may decline to accept verbal trading or transfer instructions in its sole discretion and require written instructions, or instructions triggered from Account Holder or its Agents using tools while logged onto your account (either directly at www.primetrust.com or on any website or application that integrates into Prime Trust systems via API’s (“Application Programming Interfaces”), which may or may not bear the Prime Trust brand. Account Holder bears complete and absolute responsibility for all buy, sell or transfer instructions for this Account and will immediately notify Prime Trust of any unauthorized transactions.
e. Account Holder acknowledges and agrees that the custody of digital assets is generally subject to a high degree of risk, including without limitation, the risk of loss due to the blockchain or smart contract defects as well as forks and other events outside of the Custodian’s control. Such Custodial Property is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or otherwise insured so you are advised to obtain separate insurance policy for such Custodial Property. Account Holder agrees that transfer requests, including sale and purchase orders, for digital assets may be delayed due to security protocols, time-zone differences, communication technology delays or fails, and/or enhanced internal compliance reviews. Accordingly, Prime Trust shall not be liable for any losses or damages, including without limitation direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or otherwise, resulting from delays in processing such transactions.
f. All instructions for the purchase and sale of securities and/or digital assets shall be executed through one or more broker-dealers or exchanges selected by you or your Agents, or by Prime Trust as an accommodation (and not in any capacity as a broker-dealer) and we are hereby authorized to debit your account for any fees associated with such transaction(s) and remit those to the executing party.
3. SCHEDULE OF FEES:
The Custodian shall receive reasonable compensation in accordance with its usual Schedule of Fees then in effect at the time of service. The fees and charges initially connected with this Account include:
· Account Fees: As detailed on Prime Trust’s current fee schedule, which may change from time to time and is published on www.primetrust.com. Changes to the fee schedule shall not affect any charges for prior periods and will only be effective as of the date the changes were published.
· Statement Fee: $0.00 – there are no fees for electronically delivered and available statements
· Third-Party Fees – in the event that we are charged any fees by a third party in performing services on your behalf (e.g. transfer agent fees, legal fees, accounting fees, tax preparation fees, notary fees, exchange fees, brokerage fees, bank fees, blockchain settlement fees, etc.) then you agree to reimburse us for such reasonable charges at cost plus 25% (excluding broker-dealer commissions), and that no prior approval is required from you in incurring such expense.
Account Holder agrees to pay all fees and expenses
associated with the Account to Prime Trust either via deduction from cash
available in the Account, via ACH debit to Account Holders bank, or via credit
card, or via liquidation of Custodial Property at Prime Trust’s sole and
absolute discretion. Unpaid fees are subject to interest at a rate of 1.50% per
month on the outstanding balance and may be applied as a first lien on any
Custodial Property. Prime Trust reserves the right to make changes to its fees
for custodial services in its sole and absolute discretion. Fees may be
modified upon 60 days’ notice to you and shall become effective on the 61st day
after emailing the notice of such revision to your email address on record in
4. ASSETS AND CUSTODY:
a. Custodial Property which Prime Trust will generally agree to accept and hold on Account Holder’s behalf includes: cash (USD and other currencies at the sole discretion of Prime Trust), title to real estate, certain digital assets, private equity and debt securities issued pursuant to laws and regulations of the United States, as well as equity and debt securities which are listed on any US exchange or alternative trading system (e.g. OTC, NASDAQ, NYSE, AMEX, etc). Securities which have been issued pursuant to regulations of countries other than the US or which are listed on non-US trading systems may be acceptable for custody on a case by case basis. Physical assets such as art, coins, and rare books are generally not accepted for custody at Prime Trust. Acceptance and custody of digital assets such as virtual currencies are subject to the sole discretion of Prime Trust.
b. During the term of this Agreement, Custodian is responsible for safekeeping only Custodial Property which is delivered into its possession and control by the Account Holder or its Agents. Custodian may for convenience take and hold title to Custodial Property or any part thereof in its own name or in the name of its nominee (commonly known as “street name”), with Account Holder ownership of Custodial Property segregated on its books and records.
c. Custodian shall keep accurate records of segregation of customer accounts to show all receipts, disbursements, and other transactions involving the Account. All such records shall be held indefinitely by Custodian.
d. Custodian shall collect and hold all funds when Custodial Property may mature, be redeemed or sold. Custodian shall hold the proceeds of such transaction(s) until receipt of written or electronic (via our systems) disbursement instructions from Account Holder.
e. Custodian shall process any purchase, sale, exchange, investment, disbursement or reinvestment of Custodial Property under this Agreement that Account Holder or its Agents may at any time direct, provided that sufficient unencumbered, cleared assets are available for such transaction.
f. Funds received in any currency other than USD may, at your direction, be converted to USD at exchange rates set by our correspondent bank(s) or foreign exchange services provider, and with applicable fees for such special handling (not to exceed 2.00% plus wire fees, if any).
g. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Prime Trust is authorized to collect into custody all property delivered to Custodian at the time of execution of this Agreement, as well as all property which is hereafter purchased for your Account or which may hereafter to be delivered to Custodian for your Account pursuant to this Agreement, together with the income, including but not limited to interest, dividends, proceeds of sale and all other monies due and collectable attributable to the investment of the Custodial Property.
h. Custodian is authorized, in its sole discretion, to comply with orders issued or entered by any court with respect to the Custodial Property held hereunder, without determination by Custodian of such court’s jurisdiction in the matter. If any portion of the Custodial Property held hereunder is at any time attached, garnished or levied upon under any court order, or in case the payment, assignment, transfer, conveyance or delivery of any such property shall be stayed or enjoined by any court order, or in case any order, judgment or decree shall be made or entered by any court affecting such property or any part thereof, then and in any such event, Custodian is authorized, in its sole discretion, to rely upon and comply with any such order, writ, judgment or decree which it is advised by legal counsel selected by it is binding upon it without the need for appeal or other action, and if Custodian complies with any such order, writ, judgment or decree, it shall not be liable to any of the parties hereto or to any other person or entity by reason of such compliance even though such order, writ, judgment or decree may be subsequently reversed, modified, annulled, set aside or vacated.
i. Custodian does not warrant or guarantee that any buy or sell order by Account Holder will be executed at the best posted price or timely executed. Account Holder acknowledges and agrees that (i) Custodian does not have access to every market or exchange which a particular product or financial instrument may be traded and Custodian makes no representation regarding the best price execution of any instructions, (ii) other orders may trade ahead of Account Holder’s order and exhaust available volume at a posted price, (iii) exchanges, market makers or other types of sellers or purchasers may fail to honor posted or otherwise agreed-upon prices, (iv) exchanges may re-route customer orders out of automated execution systems for manual handling (in which case, execution may be substantially delayed), (iv) system delays by exchanges or third-parties executing instructions may prevent Account Holders order from being executed, may cause a delay in execution or not to be executed at the best posted price or at all, and, (v) Custodian may not promptly or in a timely manner execute Customers order(s) due to internal delays, and Custodian makes no representation that its custody services are in any way suitable for active trading or any activity requiring prompt or exact execution. Transactions may be subject to additional fees and charges by both Custodian and any third-party service providers or exchanges.
5. ACCOUNT ACCESS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
a. Custodian shall provide you and your Agent(s) with access to your Account via our website at www.primetrust.com, as well as via API’s that third-parties can write into (e.g. exchanges, broker-dealers, funding portals, trading platforms, investment advisors, registered transfer agents, banks, consumer and industrial software application providers, etc.).
b. Your Agent(s) shall be provided with access to the Account as chosen by you using the tools and settings we provide you with for your account, which may include Account information such as current and historic statements, transaction history, current asset positions, and account types and beneficiaries. It may, depending upon the settings and permissions you choose for your particular Agents, include the ability to instruct Prime Trust to take action with respect to the Custodial Property and Account, including without limitation to invest, sell, receive, deliver or transfer Custodial Property. Any actions undertaken by any of your Agents are deemed to be those of the Account Holder directly, and you agree to maintain the security of your logon credentials and passwords, as well as Agent access lists and associated permissions, so only your authorized persons have access to your Account. Prime Trust shall also be entitled to rely and act upon any instructions, notices, confirmations or orders received from your Agent(s) as if such communication was received directly from the Account Holder without any required further review or approval. Account Holder is solely responsible for monitoring and supervising the actions of your Agents with respect to the Account and Custodial Property.
c. Statements of assets, along with a ledger of receipts and disbursements of Custodial Property shall be available online at www.primetrust.com, in your Account, as well as via the websites and/or applications of third-party API integrators that you select and use.
d. Custodian shall be under no obligation to forward any proxies, financial statements or other literature received by it in connection with or relating to Custodial Property held under this agreement. Custodian shall be under no obligation to take any action with regard to proxies, stock dividends, warrants, rights to subscribe, plans of reorganization or recapitalization, or plans for exchange of securities.
e. Account Holder agrees that Custodian may contact you for any reason. No such contact will be deemed unsolicited. Custodian may contact Account Holder at any address, telephone number (including cellular numbers) and email addresses as Account Holder may provide from time to time. Custodian may use any means of communication, including but not limited to, postal mail, email, telephone, or other technology to reach Account Holder.
f. ELECTRONIC STATEMENTS ELECTION:
Account Holder agrees that Prime Trust will make statements available in electronic form only. Account Holder further agrees that you can and will log onto its Account at www.primetrust.comat your discretion to view current or historic statements, as well as transaction history, assets and cash balances. Account Holder understands and agrees that under no circumstances may you request to have statements printed and mailed to you. If Account Holder desires printed statements, then you agree to log onto your Account at www.primetrust.com (or on the websites or applications of your selected third-party API integrators) and print them yourself.
6. TERM AND TERMINATION, MODIFICATION:
a. This Agreement is effective as of the date set forth below and shall continue in force until terminated as provided herein.
b. This Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time upon 30 days written notice to the other party (with email being an agreed upon method of such notice).
c. This Agreement may be amended or modified only by the Custodian, or with the written agreement from the Custodian. Such amendments or modifications shall be effective on the 30th day after the Account Holder receives notice of such revision electronically via the email address shown on the records of Prime Trust.
d. If this Agreement is terminated by either party then Custodian shall deliver the Custodial Property to Account Holder as soon as practicable or, at Account Holder’s request to a successor custodian. Account Holder acknowledges that Custodial Property held in Custodian’s name or nominee may require a reasonable amount of time to be transferred. Upon delivery of Custodial Property, Custodian’s responsibility under this Agreement ceases.
e. This agreement shall terminate immediately upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
i. Upon death of the Account Holder, the Custodian shall continue to hold Custodial Property until such time the Custodian receives instructions from Account Holder’s executor, trustee or administrator pursuant to the probate process, as applicable, and has received advice of its legal counsel to transfer such assets (which costs shall be borne by the Account Holder). In the event that no beneficiaries claim this Account then the assets may be preserved in the Account for so long as possible, until a beneficiary makes itself known or as may be subject to “unclaimed property” regulations as promulgated by state and federal regulators (at which time assets on Account may be transferred or liquidated and proceeds forwarded to such authorities as required by law or regulation).
ii. Filing of a petition in bankruptcy (by the Account Holders or by a creditor of the Account Holders). If this Agreement terminates due to the filing of a petition in bankruptcy, termination or dissolution of Account Holder, Custodian shall deliver the Custodial Property to the Court appointed representative for Account Holder. If no representative has been appointed by the Court, Custodian may deliver the Custodial Property to the person it deems to be an agent of the Account Holder and such delivery will release Custodian from any further responsibility for said Custodial Property.
iii. The legal incompetency of Account Holder, unless there is in existence a valid durable power of attorney or trust agreement authorizing another to succeed or act for Account Holder with respect to this agreement.
iv. Prime Trust becomes aware of or suspects that the Account Holder or any of its Agents are engaged in any criminal activity.
EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, PRIME TRUST MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED (EITHER IN FACT OR BY OPERATION OF LAW). PRIME TRUST EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUALITY, ACCURACY, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. PRIME TRUST DOES NOT WARRANT AGAINST INTERFERENCE WITH THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR AGAINST INFRINGEMENT. PRIME TRUST DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES OR SOFTWARE ARE ERROR-FREE OR THAT OPERATION OR DATA WILL BE SECURE OR UNINTERRUPTED. PRIME TRUST EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THE FLOW OF DATA AND DELAYS ON THE INTERNET, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FAILURE TO SEND OR RECEIVE ANY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS (e.g. EMAIL). ACCOUNT HOLDER DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE OR PASS ON ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF PRIME TRUST TO ANY THIRD PARTY. ACCOUNT HOLDER’S ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICES ARE AT ACCOUNT HOLDER’S OWN RISK. ACCOUNT HOLDER UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO IT ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. PRIME TRUST EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY TO ACCOUNT HOLDER FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ACCOUNT HOLDER’S RELIANCE ON OR USE OF THE SERVICES.
9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION:
1. Disclaimer of Liability and Consequential Damages.
Custodian shall not be liable for any action taken or omitted by it in good faith unless as a result of its gross negligence or willful misconduct, in each case as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, and its sole responsibility shall be for the holding and disbursement of the Custodial Property in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, shall have no implied duties or obligations and shall not be charged with knowledge or notice of any fact or circumstance not specifically set forth herein,ACCOUNT HOLDER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT, PRIME TRUST WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, BE LIABLE TO ACCOUNT HOLDER FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO ANY INVESTMENT OR TRANSACTION OCCURRING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, EVEN IF PRIME TRUST HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION. THIS INCLUDES ANY LOSSES OR PROBLEMS OF ANY TYPE RESULTING FROM INCIDENTS OUTSIDE OF OUR DIRECT CONTROL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ERRORS, HACKS, THEFT OR ACTIONS OF ISSUERS, TRANSFER AGENTS, SMART CONTRACTS, BLOCKCHAINS AND INTERMEDIARIES OF ALL TYPES.
2. Cap on Liability.
ACCOUNT HOLDER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL PRIME TRUST‘S TOTAL LIABILITY OF ANY AND ALL KINDS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTY CLAIMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORM AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY ACTION OR CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FEES PAID, IF ANY, BY ACCOUNT HOLDER TO PRIME TRUST UNDER THIS AGREEMENT DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE OCCURRENCE OF THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY.
3. General Indemnification.
Account Holder hereby agrees to indemnify, protect, defend and hold harmless Prime Trust and its officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, agents, partners, vendors, successors and assigns from and against any and all third party claims, demands, obligations, losses, liabilities, damages, regulatory investigations, recoveries and deficiencies (including interest, penalties and reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses), which Prime Trust may suffer as a result of: (a) any breach of or material inaccuracy in the representations and warranties, or breach, non-fulfillment or default in the performance of any of the conditions, covenants and agreements, of Account Holder contained in this Agreement or in any certificate or document delivered by Account Holder or its agents pursuant to any of the provisions of this Agreement, or (b) any obligation which is expressly the responsibility of Account Holder under this Agreement, or (c) any other cost, claim or liability arising out of or relating to operation or use of the license granted hereunder, or, (d) any breach, action or regulatory investigation arising from Account Holder’s failure to comply with any state blue sky laws or other securities laws any applicable laws, and/or arising out of any alleged misrepresentations, misstatements or omissions of material fact in the Account Holders’ offering memoranda, general solicitation, advertisements and/or other offering documents. Account Holder is required to immediately defend Prime Trust including the immediate payment of all attorney fees, costs and expenses, upon commencement of any regulatory investigation arising or relating to Account Holder’s offering and/or items in this Section 9.3(a) through (d) above. Any amount due under the aforesaid indemnity will be due and payable by Account Holder within thirty (30) days after demand thereof. The indemnity obligations of Account Holder hereunder shall survive any termination of this Agreement and the resignation or removal of Custodian hereunder.
4. Limitation on Prime Trust’s Duty to Litigate.
Without limiting the foregoing, Prime Trust shall not be under any obligation to defend any legal action or engage in any legal proceedings with respect to the Account or with respect to any property held in the Account unless Prime Trust is indemnified to Prime Trust’s satisfaction. Whenever Prime Trust deems it reasonably necessary, Prime Trust is authorized and empowered to consult with its counsel in reference to the Account and to retain counsel and appear in any action, suit or proceeding affecting the Account or any of the property of the Account. All fees and expenses so incurred shall be for the Account and shall be charged to the Account.
5. Third Party Claims.
i. Account Holder agrees to bear sole responsibility for the prosecution or defense, including the employment of legal counsel, of any and all legal actions or suits involving the Account, which may arise or become necessary for the protection of the investments in that Account, including any actions lodged against the Custodian. Account Holder also agrees to bear sole responsibility for enforcing any judgments rendered in favor of the Account, including judgments rendered in the name of Prime Trust as Custodian of the Account.
ii. Account Holder agrees to be responsible for any and all collection actions, including contracting with a collection agency or institutional legal action, and bringing any other suits or actions which may become necessary to protect the rights of the Account. Account Holder understands that any legal filings made on behalf of this Investment are to be made on behalf of beneficial owners for whom Prime Trust acts as custodian. Account Holder agrees not to institute legal action on behalf of the Account without Custodian’s written consent to litigate and that Account Holder shall prosecute any legal action. Account Holder agrees that any such legal action will be carried out in a manner that does not cause Custodian to incur any costs or legal exposure.
6. Custodian may consult legal counsel selected by it in the event of any dispute or question as to the construction of any of the provisions hereof or its duties hereunder, or relating to any dispute involving any disbursements or services contemplated herein, and shall incur no liability and shall be fully indemnified by you from any liability whatsoever in acting in accordance with the advice of such counsel. Account Holder shall promptly pay, upon demand, the reasonable fees and expenses of any such counsel and fees may be deducted from Customer’s account, including the liquidation of assets if needed in order to make cash available to settle such costs.
Custodian may resign and be discharged from its duties or obligations hereunder by giving ten (10) days’ notice in writing of such resignation to Account Holder specifying a date when such resignation shall take effect and, after the date of such resignation notice, notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, Custodian’s sole obligation will be to hold the Custodial Property pending appointment of a successor Custodian. The effective date of Custodian’s resignation shall be at least ten (10) days after the date of such notices and not until a successor is in place or an interpleader action has been commenced with the transfer of Custodial Property into a court of competent jurisdiction. Account Holder shall appoint a successor custodian prior to the effective date of such resignation or removal. Custodian shall distribute the property then held under this Agreement to the successor custodian whereupon Custodian shall, upon such distribution, be discharged of and from any and all further obligations arising in connection with this Agreement, except to the extent such liability and expenses is caused by Custodian’s gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. If a successor custodian has not been appointed or has not accepted such appointment by the end of such time period, Custodian may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor custodian, and Account Holder shall paythe reasonable and documented costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) which are incurred in connection with such proceeding. Until a successor custodian has accepted such appointment and Custodian has transferred the Custodial Property to such successor custodian or an interpleader action has been commenced with the transfer of Custodial Property into a court of competent jurisdiction, Custodian shall continue to retain the Custodial Property pursuant to the terms of this Agreement. Custodian shall have the right to withhold an amount equal to any amount due and owing to Custodian, plus any costs and expenses Custodian shall reasonably believe may be incurred by Custodian in connection with its resignation or interpleader action hereunder or transfer to a successor custodian. Any corporation or association into which Custodian may be merged or converted or with which it may be consolidated, or any corporation or association to which all or substantially all the custody business of Custodian’s corporate trust line of business may be transferred, shall be Custodian under this Agreement without further act.
All notices permitted or required by this Agreement will be via electronic mail (“email”), and will be deemed to have been delivered and received upon sending via any SMTP delivery service chosen by Prime Trust. Notices shall be delivered to the addresses on record which, if to Prime Trust shall be to firstname.lastname@example.org and if to Account Holder shall be to the email address on file in your Account.
If any provision of this Agreement is for any reason found to be ineffective, unenforceable, or illegal by any court having jurisdiction, such condition will not affect the validity or enforceability of any of the remaining portions hereof.
13. NO LEGAL, TAX OR ACCOUNTING ADVICE:
Account Holder agrees without reservation that Prime Trust is NOT providing any legal, tax or accounting advice in any way, nor on any matter, regardless of the tone or content of any communication (oral, written or otherwise). Account Holder shall rely solely on its own legal, tax, accounting and other professional advisors for any such advice and on all matters.
14. NO INVESTMENT ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS:
Account Holder agrees that Prime Trust is not providing any investment advice, nor do we make any recommendations regarding any securities or other assets to Account Holder . Account Holder agrees that it will not construe any communications from Prime Trust or any person associated with Prime Trust, whether written or oral, to be legal, investment, due diligence, valuation or accounting advice and agrees to only and exclusively rely on the advice of Account Holder’ s attorneys, accountants and other professional advisors, including any Agents, investment advisers or registered broker-dealers acting on your behalf.
15. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS NOTICE AND CONSENT:
Each of Account Holder and Prime Trust hereby agree that all current and future notices, confirmations and other communications regarding this Agreement specifically, and future communications in general between the parties, may be made by email, sent to the email address of record as set forth in the Notices section above or as otherwise from time to time changed or updated and disclosed to the other party, without necessity of confirmation of receipt, delivery or reading, and such form of electronic communication is sufficient for all matters regarding the relationship between the parties. If any such electronically-sent communication fails to be received for any reason, including but not limited to such communications being diverted to the recipients’ spam filters by the recipients email service provider, or due to a recipients’ change of address, or due to technology issues by the recipients’ service provider, the parties agree that the burden of such failure to receive is on the recipient and not the sender, and that the sender is under no obligation to resend communications via any other means, including but not limited to postal service or overnight courier, and that such communications shall for all purposes, including legal and regulatory, be deemed to have been delivered and received. No physical, paper documents will be sent to Account Holder, and if Account Holder desire physical documents then it agrees to be satisfied by directly and personally printing, at Account Holder’s own expense, either the electronically-sent communication(s) or the electronically available communications by logging onto Account Holder’s Account at www.primetrust.com and then maintaining such physical records in any manner or form that Account Holder desire. Account Holder’s Consent is Hereby Given: By signing this Agreement electronically, Account Holder explicitly agrees to this Agreement and to receive documents electronically, including a copy of this signed Agreement as well as ongoing disclosures, communications and notices.
No party may transfer or assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, without the consent of the other parties, any party may transfer or assign its rights and obligations hereunder in whole or in part (a) pursuant to any merger, consolidation or otherwise by operation of law, and (b) to the successors and assigns of all or substantially all of the assets of such assigning party, provided such entity shall be bound by the terms hereof. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the proper successors and assigns.
17. NON-ABSOLUTE STANDARDS:
All of the services are provided under a “commercially reasonable” standard. This means that no service may be held to an absolute or perfect standard. All services are provided “as is” and in such a manner that they are reasonable. Account Holder acknowledges this and agrees that this is fair and acceptable, and that all applicable sections of this Agreement apply to this concept.
18. BINDING ARBITRATION, APPLICABLE LAW AND VENUE, ATTORNEYS FEES:
This Agreement is governed by and will be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada without regard to principles of conflict of laws. Any claim or dispute arising under this Agreement may only be brought in arbitration, with venue in Clark County, Nevada, pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Account Holder and Prime Trust each consent to this method of dispute resolution, as well as jurisdiction, and consent to this being a convenient forum for any such claim or dispute and waives any right it may have to object to either the method or jurisdiction for such claim or dispute. In the event of any dispute among the parties, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover damages plus reasonable costs and attorney’s fees and the decision of the arbitrator shall be final, binding and enforceable in any court.
19. COUNTERPARTS, FACSIMILE, EMAIL, SIGNATURES:
This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which will be deemed an original and all of which, taken together, will constitute one and the same instrument, binding on each signatory thereto. This Agreement may be executed by signatures, electronically or otherwise, delivered by facsimile or email, and a copy hereof that is properly executed and delivered by a party will be binding upon that party to the same extent as an original executed version hereof.
20. FORCE MAJEURE:
No party will be liable for any default or delay in performance of any of its obligations under this Agreement if such default or delay is caused, directly or indirectly, by fire, flood, earthquake or other acts of God; labor disputes, strikes or lockouts; wars, rebellions or revolutions; riots or civil disorder; accidents or unavoidable casualties; interruptions in transportation or communications facilities or delays in transit or communication; supply shortages or the failure of any person to perform any commitment to such party related to this Agreement; or any other cause, whether similar or dissimilar to those expressly enumerated in this Section, beyond such party’s reasonable control.
Each party to this Agreement has been represented by or had adequate time to obtain the advice and input of independent legal counsel with respect to this Agreement and has contributed equally to the drafting of this Agreement. Therefore, this Agreement shall not be construed against either party as the drafting party. All pronouns and any variation thereof will be deemed to refer to the masculine and feminine, and to the singular or plural as the identity of the person or persons may require for proper interpretation of this Agreement. And it is the express will of all parties that this Agreement is written in English and uses the font styles and sizes contained herein.
The section headings in this Agreement are intended solely for convenience of reference and shall be given no effect in the construction or interpretation of this Agreement.
23. ENTIRE AGREEMENT, AMENDMENTS:
This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of the parties concerning the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous communications, representations or agreements between the parties, whether oral or written, regarding the subject matter of this Agreement, and may not be modified or amended, except by a written instrument executed after the effective date of this Agreement by the party sought to be charged by the amendment or modification.
Account Holder hereby represents that the signer(s) of this Agreement are over the age of 18 and have all proper authority to enter into the Agreement. Furthermore, if Account Holder is an entity (e.g. corporation, trust, partnership, etc. and not an individual) then the entity is in good standing in its state, region or country of formation; which Account Holder agrees to produce evidence of such authority and good standing if requested by Custodian. Account Holder agrees to provide Prime Trust with any additional information required to open the Account, including beneficial owners and other customer information. Account Holder represents that the information provided is complete and accurate and shall immediately notify Prime Trust of any changes.
25. SERVICES NOT EXCLUSIVE:
Nothing in this Agreement shall limit or restrict the Custodian from providing services to other parties that are similar or identical to some or all of the services provided hereunder.
Any provision of this Agreement which may be determined by competent authority to be prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction. In such case, the parties shall in good faith modify or substitute such provision consistent with the original intent of the parties.
27. SUBSTITUTE IRS FORM W-9
Under penalties of Perjury, Account Holder certifies that: (1) The tax identification number provided to Prime Trust by Account Holder, if Account Holder is a US person, is the correct taxpayer identification number and (2) Account Holder is not subject to backup withholding because: (a) Account Holder is exempt from backup withholding, or, (b) Account Holder has not been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it is subject to backup withholding. Account Holder agrees to immediately inform Prime Trust in writing if it has been, or at any time in the future is notified by the IRS that Account Holder is subject to backup withholding. Account Holders acknowledge that failing to provide accurate information may result in civil penalties.
Agreed as of Sep 20, 2021 by and between:
By ______________________________ Name Owner Title ______________________________
By ______________________________ Name Trust Title ______________________________