Signature Bank is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 38 private client offices throughout New York, Connecticut, California, and North Carolina. Signature Bank's specialty finance subsidiary, Signature Financial LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing. At the end of 2021, the bank had total assets of $118 billion, deposits of $85.31 billion, and loans of $65.25 billion
Signature Bank has had a series of bad press as of late. Recently, they have had a class action lawsuit brought against them for helping to facilitate fraud on behalf of ex-crypto giant FTX, and securities violations alleged by investors who recently lost money.
In this article, we will cover how to file a complaint against Signature Bank and have the issue resolved as quickly as possible. We'll cover for you what to do before filing your complaint, how to contact Signature Bank for help, and then how to pursue small claims court if necessary.
Remember, if you need to file a small claims case, Dispute can help you generate, notarize and file one within minutes from your phone or computer.
Signature Bank Customer Support
It's best practice to at least attempt to resolve your issue with Signature Bank through their customer service team before you decide to take any legal action. That said, you may want to prepare for a slog. Many users report that the Signature Bank customer support team is difficult to get in touch with, slow to respond, and unsympathetic to complaints.
One reason for slow customer support is that Signature Bank has an outsourced customer support center. As a result, you won’t be talking to the bank's staff directly, but rather to a customer service contractor who has limited, second-hand knowledge of how the bank operates. To make things more difficult, representatives at Signature Bank's call centers often are provided strict scripts and guidelines they are forced to follow. If an issue can't be resolved using these scripts, a representative may have to consult a supervisor or manager before being able to assist with a more complicated request. So, even if the issue at hand is relatively simple, it may be difficult to get through to a customer service representative who can help you, and they might not be able to resolve your issue right away.
Since Signature Bank’s customer service is distributed across various call centers, there are specific phone numbers for different issues and countries. You can find all the relevant contact information on the company’s Contact Us page.
How To Sue Signature Bank in Small Claims Court
If you have reached out to Signature Bank but still have not resolved the issue, small claims court is a fast and easy way to get your voice heard. Lawyers are often not permitted in small claims court, so you can save money by following this route.
In many states, before you can take Signature Bank to court, you must send them a demand letter. This is a letter you write to inform the company that they must address your complaint or if they refuse, for them to pay you what you're owed.
A demand letter should meet certain criteria. Before sending it over to Signature Bank**, make sure it:**
- States the full name and address of the banking institution where you have a business relationship
- Includes your name and address as well as your account number
- Explains the nature of your complaint. This is an important part and you should include specific details about what happened and how the company has harmed you
- Provides a detailed explanation of how you’d like the complaint to be resolved. For example, if Signature Bank refuses to remove fees, ask for a refund or some type of consideration that makes sense given the situation
- Is written in a professional tone without being overly emotional or aggressive toward the recipient
After sending the demand letter, be sure to keep a copy of everything you've sent the company as well as any responses you receive. Sending the letter through a method that provides a tracking number can help provide evidence for court later.
And remember, Dispute can help you generate and send a demand letter via USPS 2-day shipping (with a tracking number attached) in just minutes from your phone or computer.
The legal process for suing Signature Bank in a small claims court can get complicated even if it's easier than a civil court. Dipute is here to offer you a faster and simpler yet equally effective alternative. With us, you don’t need to worry yourself with tedious bureaucracy. Our software can help you sue Signature Bank in small claims court by generating and notarizing a court filing for you in minutes.
Here’s how you can file a claim against Signature Bank in a few easy steps:
1. Head to our website to access our software:
2. Click "Get Started" and choose the "Small Claims" service (or another if you'd like to start somewhere else).
3. Enter your case information including your info, the defendant's info and a summary of the issue.
4. Choose the courthouse where you want to file, answer their form's specific questions, and sign the document.
Now you're ready to file a case directly with the court from your phone or computer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is Signature Bank's Registered Agent?
- The Registered Agent may vary depending upon who you're filing against, and where you are filing. Signature Bank's Registered Agent is the CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY. You can find their information below.
Do I need a lawyer for Small Claims Court?
- Not necessarily. One of the easier things about small claims court is that lawyers aren’t usually required. This may make the small claims process less intimidating and more affordable. But, still, the small claims process can get complicated. Consider filing through Dispute, as we simplify the small process with our software.
How much does it cost to file a Small Claims Case?
- Court Filing Fees: The amount you will pay to file a small claims lawsuit depends on how much you are suing for and where you are suing. You can expect to pay between $30 to $400 to file the lawsuit. If you cannot afford to pay court fees, you can ask the court to waive the fees. Dispute charges a small fee to help generate, sign and/or file any documents on your behalf.
- Serving Costs: Once the lawsuit is filed, you must notify the company that you have sued them. This is called "serving." Serving Costs can range from $20-100 depending on the local area.
If you have any questions about filing a small claims case against Signature Bank or accessing Dispute's software, please reach out and contact us.