_________________ and _____________, referred to herein as “PRINCIPALS” herewith request that _______________________, referred to herein as “ESCROW AGENT” establish an escrow of the following described items, and dispose of them as is provided herein.
PRINCIPALS herewith deliver the following items to be held by ESCROW AGENT:
Any cash funds or cash proceeds shall be deposited by the ESCROW AGENT in an interest bearing account, in institutions which are federally insured for deposits in the amount of the ESCROW, or in direct obligations of the United States of America, including treasury bills or notes with maturity dates coinciding with any distributions to be made hereunder. In the event that non-cash items are deposited, the ESCROW AGENT shall maintain such items in the condition in which they were received.
ESCROW agent shall release the funds and items upon the receipt of instructions from seller, reciting the following:
said instructions shall be sworn or provided under penalties of perjury.
In the event that instructions are not received on ________, 20__, ESCROW agent shall close the escrow and return the amounts to the parties depositing or providing them originally, and shall then be absolutely discharged.
Upon receipt of such instructions and complying with the same, ESCROW agent shall be discharged as to the amounts so paid. ESCROW agent shall be absolutely discharged upon such payment and may rely solely and totally upon such certifications. ESCROW agent shall not be required to make any independent verification of the correctness of any instructions or the occurrence of any required conditions precedent and shall rely solely on certifications received as provided herein.
In the event of the receipt of conflicting instructions prior to discharge of the ESCROW agent, ESCROW AGENT shall commence an arbitration before a single arbitrator acceptable to ESCROW AGENT under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, whose decision shall be final. Upon receipt of a final decision from the arbitrator, the ESCROW AGENT shall comply therewith and upon such compliance shall be discharged from all further liability. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final, and may be reduced to judgment by any party hereto or the escrow agent.
PRINCIPALS shall indemnify ESCROW AGENT for all actions taken in compliance with this agreement.
The PRINCIPALS shall reimburse the ESCROW AGENT for expenses incurred herein as follows:
ESCROW agent shall receive compensation for its services as follows:
This is the entire agreement between PRINCIPALS and ESCROW AGENT. ESCROW AGENT is solely acting as a neutral stakeholder and the PRINCIPALS agree that there are no intended third party beneficiaries or parties other than PRINCIPALS to this agreement.
All notices herein shall be served as follows:
TO ESCROW AGENT:
All notices herein shall be sent by certified mail, or by overnight delivery service providing a receipt. Notices sent by certified mail shall be deemed received within one working day after first notice to the recipient for pick up, or when received, whichever is earlier. Notices sent by overnight delivery service shall be deemed received the next business day.
Escrow Agreement & Instructions
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- Make multiple copies. Give one to each signatory. Keep one with the transaction file.
- Review the document carefully to be sure all your deal points are covered in this document—which is the operating document for closing and fund disbursement.
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