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2015 Florida Statutes

SECTION 141
Examination, investigations, and fees.
F.S. 662.141
662.141 Examination, investigations, and fees.The office may conduct an examination or investigation of a family trust company, licensed family trust company, or foreign licensed family trust company at any time it deems necessary to determine whether a family trust company, licensed family trust company, foreign licensed family trust company, or family trust company-affiliated person has violated or is about to violate any provision of this chapter or rules adopted by the commission pursuant to this chapter, or any applicable provision of the financial institution codes or rules adopted by the commission pursuant to such codes.
(1) The office shall conduct an examination of a licensed family trust company, family trust company, or foreign licensed family trust company at least once every 18 months.
(2) In lieu of an examination by the office, the office may accept an audit of a family trust company, licensed family trust company, or foreign licensed family trust company by a certified public accountant licensed to practice in this state who is independent of the company, or other person or entity acceptable to the office. If the office accepts an audit pursuant to this subsection, the office shall conduct the next required examination.
(3) The office shall examine the books and records of a family trust company or licensed family trust company as necessary to determine whether it is a family trust company or licensed family trust company as defined in this chapter, and is operating in compliance with ss. 662.1225, 662.125, 662.126, 662.131, and 662.134, as applicable. The office may rely upon a certificate of trust, trust summary, or written statement from the trust company identifying the qualified beneficiaries of any trust or estate for which the family trust company serves as a fiduciary and the qualification of the qualified beneficiaries as permissible recipients of company services. The commission may establish by rule the records to be maintained or requirements necessary to demonstrate conformity with this chapter as a family trust company or licensed family trust company.
(4) The office shall examine the books and records of a foreign licensed family trust company as necessary to determine if it is a foreign licensed trust company as defined in this chapter and is in compliance with ss. 662.1225, 662.125, 662.130(2), 662.131, and 662.134. In connection with an examination of the books and records of the company, the office may rely upon the most recent examination report or review or certification letters or similar documentation issued by the regulatory agency to which the foreign licensed family trust company is subject to supervision. The commission may establish by rule the records to be maintained or requirements necessary to demonstrate conformity with this chapter as a foreign licensed family trust company. The office’s examination of the books and records of a foreign licensed family trust company is, to the extent practicable, limited to books and records of the operations in this state.
(5) For each examination of the books and records of a family trust company, licensed family trust company, or foreign licensed family trust company as authorized under this chapter, the trust company shall pay a fee for the costs of the examination by the office. As used in this section, the term “costs” means the salary and travel expenses of field staff which are directly attributable to the examination of the trust company and the travel expenses of any supervisory or support staff required as a result of examination findings. The mailing of payment for costs incurred must be postmarked within 30 days after the receipt of a notice stating that such costs are due. The office may levy a late payment of up to $100 per day or part thereof that a payment is overdue, unless waived for good cause. However, if the late payment of costs is intentional, the office may levy an administrative fine of up to $1,000 per day for each day the payment is overdue.
(6) All fees collected under this section must be deposited into the Financial Institutions’ Regulatory Trust Fund pursuant to s. 655.049 for the purpose of administering this chapter.
History.s. 28, ch. 2014-97; s. 85, ch. 2015-2.