Definition

Demat or Dematerialization is a system of holding or keeping physical shares and securities in an electronic form. A demat account is necessary for holding shares and making the process of trading easier. Without a demat account or trading account, an investor can neither buy nor sell shares nor hold shares.

 

Process of opening a demat account:

The instructions below provide an overview of the process of opening a demat account:

  • Step 1: Selection of Depository Participant (DP)
  • Step 2: Filling out the Dematerialization Request Form
  • Step 3: Submission of necessary documents for verification by investor
  • Step 4: Signing of agreement between the investor and the DP
  • Step 5: Verification of documents
  • Step 6: Creation of demat account

Read: What is Dematerialisation

Impacts of having a Demat Account Nominee

When a Demat account holder passes away, it becomes tormenting for the heirs to claim ownership of the securities held by the deceased person. For this reason, it is crucial to have a nominee to the account. Registering a nomination for a Demat account can eliminate the need for documents like a will, a succession certificate for the transmission certificates, etc. An account holder can nominate up to three persons.

Check: Benefits of a Demat account

Need for a Nominee

In the presence of a nominee, the transmission of shares becomes a lot easier. The nominees do not have to move to the court or gather a No Objection Certificate and affidavits from the courts.

However, if a nominee has not been preordained, the family members may not receive the shares or funds. According to the reports from RBI, there are thousands of instances where unclaimed deposits lie in the banks across the country. These accounts belong to those who either have not claimed the money or the account holder has deceased or have not filed nomination details.

If a single demat account holder passes away, leaving a nominee, the share transmission process is simple. The nominee will have to submit a duly filled transmission form and a certified copy of the deceased person’s death certificate that a Gazetted Officer has attested.
 

How to add Nominee’s name in 5paisa Demat Account

5paisa makes it easy to add the name of Nominee to any demat account. 

Step 1: Download the nomination form by visiting the 5paisa website and clicking on the website’s ‘Forms Download’ section
Step 2: Fill the nomination form correctly, add the nominee information (name, contact details, etc.) and get that person’s signature as well
Step 3: The account holder has to authenticate the nomination form by putting his/her registered physical signature
Step 4: Courier the duly filled form to 5paisa’s office
Step 5: 5paisa will process the request accordingly

Factors to consider while adding a nominee in demat account

  • Only an individual holding a beneficiary account can provide a nominee.  Non-individuals such as society, body corporate, partnership firm, Karta of HUF, or a power of attorney holder are not allowed to do so
  • For a jointly held beneficiary account, the nomination form has to be signed by all account holders
  • A nominee cannot be assigned by a minor. However, a minor can be assigned as a nominee by an adult beneficiary by providing the name and address of the minor’s guardian.

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