With our Standard Overdraft Coverage, we may authorize and pay items into overdraft such as checks and other transactions made using your checking account number, automatic bill payments, and recurring transactions set up using your debit card. Our Standard Overdraft Coverage is automatically applied to these transactions and overdraft fees may be assessed on each item paid into overdraft.
We do not authorize and pay ATM and everyday debit card (point of sale) transactions into overdraft unless you ask us to by opting-in to this coverage on these transactions. If you opt-in and we authorize and pay these items into overdraft, an overdraft fee may be assessed on each item. Please note that even if you do not opt-in, we may pay these items into overdraft if sufficient funds were available at the time of authorization, but not available at the time of settlement; however we will not charge you an overdraft fee.
We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. Even if we pay your account into overdraft, we maintain the right not to do so at any other time. If we do not authorize your transactions, it will be declined and it will not be paid into overdraft.
The available balance in your account is the ending balance on the previous banking day after we have posted transactions, plus or minus pending transactions (such as deposits, debit card transactions or ATM withdrawals) that have not yet been posted to your account, and minus any holds that we have placed on your account. The available balance does not include (i) transactions that have not been presented for payment, such as checks that you have issued or debit card transactions that you have made that were not authorized by us for the merchant, or (ii) holds for debit card transactions that we authorized for a merchant but were released. Your available balance and your ledger balance are not the same.
Your ledger balance is the balance of funds in your account based solely on deposits and withdrawals posted during nightly processing. Your ledger balance does not include amounts subject to a hold. Your ledger balance may be more than the amount of your available balance and may not be available for withdrawal or immediate use. For example, the balance reflected on your account statement for any given date is your ledger balance on that date.
We use the available balance in your account to (i) pay an ATM or debit card transaction, or (ii) pay or return a check, ACH debit or other item. The Available Balance and Ledger Balance section of the Deposit Agreement explains the difference between your available balance and your ledger balance. Your available balance may be reduced by pending transactions as described below.
We post transactions to your available balance in a particular order. Generally, we post deposits and other credits received by us before the deposit cut-off time first, and then we post withdrawals and debits (such as checks and electronic debits) by categories and priorities within the category. The withdrawals are placed in categories defined by us based on the type of withdrawal. The following are examples of the types of withdrawals in the sequence in which the categories are posted:
*The list above includes examples of withdrawals or debits from your account but does not include every type of withdrawal or debit that may be posted to your account.
The priorities of posting debits within the categories listed above are based on the type of withdrawal and whether the withdrawal contains a check or serial number or whether we can determine the date and time of the authorization or initiation of an electronic debit. For example, debits, such as checks that you issue, are posted in check number sequence and certain electronic debits are posted based on the date and time they are authorized or initiated. Also note, the date and time of authorization or initiation of an electronic debit we receive for processing may differ from the date and time they are authorized or initiated by you due to many factors outside of our control, including the merchant’s processes. If we cannot determine this information, we will generally post the debits each day in ascending order from the lowest amount to the highest amount. We reserve the right to change the categories, the posting order sequence, and the sequence of posting transactions within these categories at any time without notice to you.
You can make or change this election at any time by calling us at 1-800-448-8812 or by visiting your local branch. It may take up to 72 hours to process your request. For joint accounts, any opt in or opt out request by one of the joint accountholders is considered to be instruction to us by all joint accountholders.
Generally speaking, if you do not opt in and if there are insufficient available funds in your account and you do not have adequate coverage under an overdraft protection service, we will decline your ATM and everyday debit card transactions.
Everyday debit card transactions include purchases you make on any given day such as at a store, a gas station, a restaurant or online.
Recurring debit card transactions include the ongoing preauthorized purchases you’ve established such as a monthly gym membership.
We offer a variety of Overdraft Protection Plans, which allow you to have funds automatically transferred to your checking account from another Hancock Whitney account such as another checking or savings account, our HandyLine product, a Preferred Line of Credit or a Home Equity Line of Credit. Only one Overdraft Protection product can be linked to your checking account.
Home Equity Line of Credit cannot be used as overdraft protection in Texas.
Overdraft Protection Plans cannot be linked to a New Horizons checking account.
For coverage from a Handyline, if your checking account balance will be overdrawn after processing at the end of the banking day, we will systematically transfer funds in $100 increments from the Handyline to cover the overdraft up to the available balance in the Handyline.
For coverage from another checking or savings account, or from a Preferred Line of Credit or Home Equity Line of Credit, if your checking account balance will be overdrawn after processing at the end of the banking day, we will systematically transfer funds in the exact amount needed from the linked account to cover the overdraft up to the available balance in the linked checking or savings, or the available limit in the line of credit.
Please note that you can also proactively transfer funds from the linked account to your covered checking account.
These overdraft protection plans may also vary in the type coverage they provide. Please ask us about these plans for more details.
Transfers systematically made from another checking or savings account, as well as from the HandyLine product are $10 per transfer per day. There are no transfer fees to proactively transfer funds to your checking account in anticipation of an overdraft situation.
There are no transfer fees on transfers made from the Preferred Line of Credit or Home Equity Line of Credit, whether systematically made or proactively transferred by you.
Interest may accrue on outstanding balances maintained in the HandyLine, Preferred Line of Credit and Home Equity Line of Credit.
Business accounts automatically receive Standard Overdraft Coverage on all transactions, including ATM and everyday debit card (point of sale) transactions.
Business accounts are also eligible to receive coverage from an Overdraft Protection Plan, such as from another business checking or savings account, or a business line of credit product.
We charge $36 for each item paid into overdraft and $36 for each item returned for Insufficient Funds (NSF). We will assess no more than five (5) Overdraft and/or Insufficient Funds fees (collectively or individually) per account per day. Please note that the Sustained Overdraft Fee referenced below does not count toward this daily limit of 5 fees and may be assessed in addition to those fees.
No overdraft fee is charged when your account is overdrawn $5 or less after all items have posted. Additionally, we waive the overdraft fee and NSF fee on all individual transactions of $5 or less.
For each time your account remains overdrawn at least nine (9) calendar days, we will assess one Sustained Overdraft Fee of $36. Please note that we count as the first day of the nine consecutive calendar days the day on which we post the items which created the overdraft in your account, regardless of whether we have provided you with notice of the overdraft(s). This fee is separate from and may be charged in addition to the Daily Limit of 5 overdraft and/or non-sufficient funds (NSF) fees. We will not charge this fee if you pay us the total amount of the overdrawn balance on the ninth (9th) calendar day or the next banking day, if the 9th calendar day falls on a weekend or federal holiday that is not a banking day. We will also not charge this fee if:
Your account is overdrawn by $5.00 or less on the day on which we would otherwise charge it, or
You have not opted-in to the payment of ATM and everyday debit card (point of sale) transactions and the amount overdrawn only includes amounts from ATM and point of sale transactions presented and paid against insufficient funds, or
The amount overdrawn only includes bank fees and/or service charges as described in the Service Charges and Fees section of the Deposit Agreement or as set forth in the Deposit Account Information – Truth-in-Savings.
Banking services that can assist you in avoiding fees, and unauthorized or returned items include direct deposit, online banking, including activating the receipt of balance alerts, and mobile banking via tablet, smartphone or similar device
You can call us at 1-800-448-8812, visit your local branch or refer to the Deposit Agreement that came with your checking account.