Transfer, dividend disbursing, shareholder service -------------------------------------------------- and plan agency agreement ------------------------- agreement dated as of march 1, 1998 between albemarle investment trust, a massachusetts business ...
TRANSFER, DIVIDEND DISBURSING, SHAREHOLDER SERVICE -------------------------------------------------- AND PLAN AGENCY AGREEMENT ------------------------- AGREEMENT dated as of March 1, 1998 between Albemarle Investment Trust, a Massachusetts business ...
TRANSFER, DIVIDEND DISBURSING, SHAREHOLDER SERVICE
AND PLAN AGENCY AGREEMENT
AGREEMENT dated as of March 1, 1998 between Albemarle Investment Trust, a
Massachusetts business trust (the "Trust"), and Countrywide Fund Services, Inc.
("Countrywide"), an Ohio corporation.
WHEREAS, the Trust is an investment company registered under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"); and
WHEREAS, the Trust wishes to employ the services of Countrywide to serve as
its transfer, dividend disbursing, shareholder service and plan agent; and
WHEREAS, Countrywide wishes to provide such services under the conditions
set forth below;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants
contained in this Agreement, the Trust and Countrywide agree as follows:
The Trust hereby appoints and employs Countrywide as agent to perform
those services described in this Agreement for the Trust. Countrywide shall act
under such appointment and perform the obligations thereof upon the terms and
conditions hereinafter set forth.
The Trust will furnish from time to time the following documents:
A. Each resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Trust authorizing the
original issue of its shares;
B. Each Registration Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (the "SEC") and amendments thereof;
C. A certified copy of each amendment to the Agreement and Declaration of
Trust and the Bylaws of the Trust;
D. Certified copies of each resolution of the Board of Trustees
authorizing officers to give instructions to Countrywide;
E. Specimens of all new forms of share certificates accompanied by Board
of Trustees' resolutions approving such forms;
F. Such other certificates, documents or opinions which Countrywide may,
in its discretion, deem necessary or appropriate in the proper
performance of its duties;
G. Copies of all Underwriting and Dealer Agreements in effect;
H. Copies of all Investment Advisory Agreements in effect; and
I. Copies of all documents relating to special investment or withdrawal
plans which are offered or may be offered in the future by the Trust
and for which Countrywide is to act as plan agent.
3. COUNTRYWIDE TO RECORD SHARES.
Countrywide shall record the issuance of shares of the Trust and
maintain pursuant to applicable rules of the SEC a record of the total number of
shares of the Trust which are authorized, issued and outstanding, based upon
data provided to it by the Trust. Countrywide shall also provide the Trust on a
regular basis or upon reasonable request the total number of shares which are
authorized, issued and outstanding, but shall have no obligation when recording
the issuance of the Trust's shares, except as otherwise set forth herein, to
monitor the issuance of such shares or to take cognizance of any laws relating
to the issue or sale of such shares, which functions shall be the sole
responsibility of the Trust.
4. COUNTRYWIDE TO VALIDATE TRANSFERS.
Upon receipt of a proper request for transfer and upon surrender to
Countrywide of certificates, if any, in proper form for transfer, Countrywide
shall approve such transfer and shall take all necessary steps to effectuate the
transfer as indicated in the transfer request. Upon approval of the transfer,
Countrywide shall notify the Trust in writing of each such transaction and shall
make appropriate entries on the shareholder records maintained by Countrywide.
5. SHARE CERTIFICATES.
If the Trust authorizes the issuance of share certificates and an
investor requests a share certificate, Countrywide will countersign and mail, by
insured first class mail, a share certificate to the investor at his address as
set forth on the transfer books of the Trust, subject to any other instructions
for delivery of certificates representing newly purchased shares and subject to
the limitation that no certificates representing newly purchased shares shall be
mailed to the investor until the cash purchase price of such shares has
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been collected and credited to the account of the Trust maintained by the
Custodian. The Trust shall supply Countrywide with a sufficient supply of blank
share certificates and from time to time shall renew such supply upon request of
Countrywide. Such blank share certificates shall be properly signed, manually
or, if authorized by the Trust, by facsimile; and notwithstanding the death,
resignation or removal of any officers of the Trust authorized to sign share
certificates, Countrywide may continue to countersign certificates which bear
the manual or facsimile signature of such officer until otherwise directed by
the Trust. In case of the alleged loss or destruction of any share certificate,
no new certificates shall be issued in lieu thereof, unless there shall first be
furnished an appropriate bond satisfactory to Countrywide and the Trust, and
issued by a surety company satisfactory to Countrywide and the Trust.
6. RECEIPT OF FUNDS.
Upon receipt of any check or other instrument drawn or endorsed to it
as agent for, or identified as being for the account of, the Trust or the
principal underwriter of the Trust (the "Underwriter"), Countrywide shall stamp
the check or instrument with the date of receipt, determine the amount thereof
due the Trust and shall forthwith process the same for collection. Upon receipt
of notification of receipt of funds eligible for share purchases in accordance
with the Trust's then current prospectus and statement of additional
information, Countrywide shall notify the Trust, at the close of each business
day, in writing of the amount of said funds credited to the Trust and deposited
in its account with the Custodian, and shall similarly notify the Underwriter of
the amount of said funds credited to the Underwriter and deposited in its
account with its designated bank.
7. PURCHASE ORDERS.
Upon receipt of an order for the purchase of shares of the Trust,
accompanied by sufficient information to enable Countrywide to establish a
shareholder account, Countrywide shall, as of the next determination of net
asset value after receipt of such order in accordance with the Trust's then
current prospectus and statement of additional information, compute the number
of shares due to the shareholder, credit the share account of the shareholder,
subject to collection of the funds, with the number of shares so purchased,
shall notify the Trust in writing or by computer report at the close of each
business day of such transactions and shall mail to the shareholder and/or
dealer of record a notice of such credit when requested to do so by the Trust.
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8. RETURNED CHECKS.
In the event that Countrywide is notified by the Trust's Custodian
that any check or other order for the payment of money is returned unpaid for
any reason, Countrywide will:
A. Give prompt notification to the Trust and the Underwriter of the
non-payment of said check;
B. In the absence of other instructions from the Trust or the
Underwriter, take such steps as may be necessary to redeem any shares purchased
on the basis of such returned check and cause the proceeds of such redemption
plus any dividends declared with respect to such shares to be credited to the
account of the Trust and to request the Trust's Custodian to forward such
returned check to the person who originally submitted the check; and
C. Notify the Trust and Underwriter of such actions and correct the
Trust's records maintained by Countrywide pursuant to this Agreement.
9. SALES CHARGE.
In computing the number of shares to credit to the account of a
shareholder, Countrywide will calculate the total of the applicable sales
charges with respect to each purchase as set forth in the Trust's current
prospectus and statement of additional information and in accordance with any
notification filed with respect to combined and accumulated purchases.
Countrywide will also determine the portion of each sales charge payable by the
Underwriter to the dealer of record participating in the sale in accordance with
such schedules as are from time to time delivered by the Underwriter to
Countrywide; provided, however, that Countrywide shall have no liability
hereunder arising from the incorrect selection by Countrywide of the gross rate
of sales charges except that this exculpation shall not apply in the event the
rate is specified by the Underwriter or the Trust and Countrywide fails to
select the rate specified.
10. DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS.
The Trust shall furnish Countrywide with appropriate evidence of
trustee action authorizing the declaration of dividends and other distributions.
Countrywide shall establish procedures in accordance with the Trust's then
current prospectus and statement of additional information and with other
authorized actions of the Trust's Board of Trustees under which it will have
available from the Custodian or the Trust any required information for each
dividend and other distribution. After deducting any amount required to be
withheld by any applicable laws, Countrywide shall, as agent for each
shareholder who so
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requests, invest the dividends and other distributions in full and fractional
shares in accordance with the Trust's then current prospectus and statement of
additional information. If a shareholder has elected to receive dividends or
other distributions in cash, then Countrywide shall disburse dividends to
shareholders of record in accordance with the Trust's then current prospectus
and statement of additional information. Countrywide shall, on or before the
mailing date of such checks, notify the Trust and the Custodian of the estimated
amount of cash required to pay such dividend or distribution, and the Trust
shall instruct the Custodian to make available sufficient funds therefor in the
appropriate account of the Trust. Countrywide shall mail to the shareholders
periodic statements, as requested by the Trust, showing the number of full and
fractional shares and the net asset value per share of shares so credited. When
requested by the Trust, Countrywide shall prepare and file with the Internal
Revenue Service, and when required, shall address and mail to shareholders, such
returns and information relating to dividends and distributions paid by the
Trust as are required to be so prepared, filed and mailed by applicable laws,
rules and regulations.
11. UNCLAIMED DIVIDENDS AND UNCLAIMED REDEMPTION PROCEEDS.
Countrywide shall, at least annually, furnish in writing to the Trust
the names and addresses, as shown in the shareholder accounts maintained by
Countrywide, of all shareholders for which there are, as of the end of the
calendar year, dividends, distributions or redemption proceeds for which checks
or share certificates mailed in payment of distributions have been returned.
Countrywide shall use its best efforts to contact the shareholders affected and
to follow any other written instructions received from the Trust concerning the
disposition of any such unclaimed dividends, distributions or redemption
12. REDEMPTIONS AND EXCHANGES.
A. Countrywide shall process, in accordance with the Trust's then
current prospectus and statement of additional information, each order for the
redemption of shares accepted by Countrywide. Upon its approval of such
redemption transactions, Countrywide, if requested by the Trust, shall mail to
the shareholder and/or dealer of record a confirmation showing trade date,
number of full and fractional shares redeemed, the price per share and the total
redemption proceeds. For each such redemption, Countrywide shall either: (a)
prepare checks in the appropriate amounts for approval and verification by the
Trust and signature by an authorized officer of Countrywide and mail the checks
to the appropriate person, or (b) in the event redemption proceeds are to be
wired through the Federal Reserve Wire System or by bank wire, cause such
proceeds to be wired in
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federal funds to the bank account designated by the shareholder, or (c)
effectuate such other redemption procedures which are authorized by the Trust's
Board of Trustees or its then current prospectus and statement of additional
information. The requirements as to instruments of transfer and other
documentation, the applicable redemption price and the time of payment shall be
as provided in the then current prospectus and statement of additional
information, subject to such supplemental instructions as may be furnished by
the Trust and accepted by Countrywide. If Countrywide or the Trust determines
that a request for redemption does not comply with the requirements for
redemptions, Countrywide shall promptly notify the shareholder indicating the
B. If shares of the Trust are eligible for exchange with shares of any
other investment company, Countrywide, in accordance with the then current
prospectus and statement of additional information and exchange rules of the
Trust and such other investment company, or such other investment company's
transfer agent, shall review and approve all exchange requests and shall, on
behalf of the Trust's shareholders, process such approved exchange requests.
C. Countrywide shall notify the Trust, the Custodian and the
Underwriter on each business day of the amount of cash required to meet payments
made pursuant to the provisions of this Paragraph 12, and, on the basis of such
notice, the Trust shall instruct the Custodian to make available from time to
time sufficient funds therefor in the appropriate account of the Trust.
Procedures for effecting redemption orders accepted from shareholders or dealers
of record by telephone or other methods shall be established by mutual agreement
between Countrywide and the Trust consistent with the Trust's then current
prospectus and statement of additional information.
D. The authority of Countrywide to perform its responsibilities under
Paragraph 7, Paragraph 10, and this Paragraph 12 shall be suspended with respect
to any series of the Trust upon receipt of notification by it of the suspension
of the determination of such series' net asset value.
13. AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWAL PLANS.
Countrywide will process automatic withdrawal orders pursuant to the
provisions of the withdrawal plans duly executed by shareholders and the current
prospectus and statement of additional information of the Trust. Payments upon
such withdrawal order shall be made by Countrywide from the appropriate account
maintained by the Trust with the Custodian on approximately the last business
day of each month in which a payment has been requested, and Countrywide will
withdraw from a shareholder's account and present for repurchase or redemption
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many shares as shall be sufficient to make such withdrawal payment pursuant to
the provisions of the shareholder's withdrawal plan and the current prospectus
and statement of additional information of the Trust. From time to time on new
automatic withdrawal plans a check for payment date already past may be issued
upon request by the shareholder.
14. LETTERS OF INTENT.
Countrywide will process such letters of intent for investing in
shares of the Trust as are provided for in the Trust's current prospectus and
statement of additional information. Countrywide will make appropriate deposits
to the account of the Underwriter for the adjustment of sales charges as therein
provided and will currently report the same to the Underwriter.
15. WIRE-ORDER PURCHASES.
Countrywide will send written confirmations to the dealers of record
containing all details of the wire-order purchases placed by each such dealer by
the close of business on the business day following receipt of such orders by
Countrywide or the Underwriter, with copies to the Underwriter. Upon receipt of
any check drawn or endorsed to the Trust (or Countrywide, as agent) or otherwise
identified as being payment of an outstanding wire-order, Countrywide will stamp
said check with the date of its receipt and deposit the amount represented by
such check to Countrywide's deposit accounts maintained with the Custodian.
Countrywide will compute the respective portions of such deposit which represent
the sales charge and the net asset value of the shares so purchased, will cause
the Custodian to transfer federal funds in an amount equal to the net asset
value of the shares so purchased to the Trust's account with the Custodian, and
will notify the Trust and the Underwriter before noon of each business day of
the total amount deposited in the Trust's deposit accounts, and in the event
that payment for a purchase order is not received by Countrywide or the
Custodian on the tenth business day following receipt of the order, will prepare
an NASD "notice of failure of dealer to make payment" and forward such
notification to the Underwriter.
16. OTHER PLANS.
Countrywide will process such accumulation plans, group programs and
other plans or programs for investing in shares of the Trust as are now provided
for in the Trust's current prospectus and statement of additional information
and will act as plan agent for shareholders pursuant to the terms of such plans
and programs duly executed by such shareholders.
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17. RECORDKEEPING AND OTHER INFORMATION.
Countrywide shall create and maintain all records required by
applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to records
required by Section 31(a) of the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder, as the same
may be amended from time to time, pertaining to the various functions performed
by it and not otherwise created and maintained by another party pursuant to
contract with the Trust. All such records shall be the property of the Trust at
all times and shall be available for inspection and use by the Trust. Where
applicable, such records shall be maintained by Countrywide for the periods and
in the places required by Rule 31a-2 under the 1940 Act. The retention of such
records shall be at the expense of the Trust. Countrywide shall make available
during regular business hours all records and other data created and maintained
pursuant to this Agreement for reasonable audit and inspection by the Trust, any
person retained by the Trust, or any regulatory agency having authority over the
18. SHAREHOLDER RECORDS.
Countrywide shall maintain records for each shareholder account
showing the following:
A. Names, addresses and tax identifying numbers;
B. Name of the dealer of record, if any;
C. Number of shares held of each series;
D. Historical information regarding the account of each shareholder,
including dividends and distributions in cash or invested in shares;
E. Information with respect to the source of all dividends and
distributions allocated among income, realized short-term gains and
realized long-term gains;
F. Any instructions from a shareholder including all forms furnished by
the Trust and executed by a shareholder with respect to (i) dividend
or distribution elections and (ii) elections with respect to payment
options in connection with the redemption of shares;
G. Any correspondence relating to the current maintenance of a
H. Certificate numbers and denominations for any shareholder holding
I. Any stop or restraining order placed against a shareholder's account;
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J. Information with respect to withholding in the case of a foreign
account or any other account for which withholding is required by the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; and
K. Any information required in order for Countrywide to perform the
calculations contemplated under this Agreement.
19. TAX RETURNS AND REPORTS.
Countrywide will prepare in the appropriate form, file with the
Internal Revenue Service and appropriate state agencies and, if required, mail
to shareholders of the Trust such returns for reporting dividends and
distributions paid by the Trust as are required to be so prepared, filed and
mailed and shall withhold such sums as are required to be withheld under
applicable federal and state income tax laws, rules and regulations.
20. OTHER INFORMATION TO THE TRUST.
Subject to such instructions, verification and approval of the
Custodian and the Trust as shall be required by any agreement or applicable law,
Countrywide will also maintain such records as shall be necessary to furnish to
the Trust the following: annual shareholder meeting lists, proxy lists and
mailing materials, shareholder reports and confirmations and checks for
disbursing redemption proceeds, dividends and other distributions or expense
21. ACCESS TO SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION.
Upon request, Countrywide shall arrange for the Trust's investment
adviser to have direct access to shareholder information contained in
Countrywide's computer system, including account balances, performance
information and such other information which is available to Countrywide with
respect to shareholder accounts.
22. COOPERATION WITH ACCOUNTANTS.
Countrywide shall cooperate with the Trust's independent public
accountants and shall take all reasonable action in the performance of its
obligations under this Agreement to assure that the necessary information is
made available to such accountants for the expression of their unqualified
opinion where required for any document for the Trust.
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23. SHAREHOLDER SERVICE AND CORRESPONDENCE.
Countrywide will provide and maintain adequate personnel, records and
equipment to receive and answer all shareholder and dealer inquiries relating to
account status, share purchases, redemptions and exchanges and other investment
plans available to Trust shareholders. Countrywide will answer written
correspondence from shareholders relating to their share accounts and such other
written or oral inquiries as may from time to time be mutually agreed upon, and
Countrywide will notify the Trust of any correspondence or inquiries which may
require an answer from the Trust.
Countrywide shall assist the Trust in the mailing of proxy cards and
other material in connection with shareholder meetings of the Trust, shall
receive, examine and tabulate returned proxies and shall, if requested by the
Trust, provide at least one inspector of election to attend and participate as
required by law in shareholder meetings of the Trust.
25. FURTHER ACTIONS.
Each party agrees to perform such further acts and execute such
further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.
For the performance of Countrywide's obligations under this Agreement,
each series of the Trust shall pay Countrywide, on the first business day
following the end of each month, a monthly fee in accordance with the schedule
attached hereto as Schedule A. The Trust shall promptly reimburse Countrywide
for any out-of-pocket expenses and advances which are to be paid by the Trust in
accordance with Paragraph 27.
Countrywide shall furnish, at its expense and without cost to the
Trust (i) the services of its personnel to the extent that such services are
required to carry out its obligations under this Agreement and (ii) the use of
data processing equipment. All costs and expenses not expressly assumed by
Countrywide under this Paragraph 27 shall be paid by the Trust, including, but
not limited to, costs and expenses of officers and employees of Countrywide in
attending meetings of the Board of Trustees and shareholders of the Trust, as
well as costs and expenses for postage, envelopes, checks, drafts, continuous
forms, reports, communications, statements and other materials, telephone,
telegraph and remote transmission lines, use of
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outside pricing services, use of outside mailing firms, necessary outside record
storage, media for storage of records (e.g., microfilm, microfiche, computer
tapes), printing, confirmations and any other shareholder correspondence and any
and all assessments, taxes or levies assessed on Countrywide for services
provided under this Agreement. Postage for mailings of dividends, proxies,
reports and other mailings to all shareholders shall be advanced to Countrywide
three business days prior to the mailing date of such materials.
28. COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNMENTAL RULES AND REGULATIONS.
The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that nothing contained herein
shall be construed to require Countrywide to perform any services for the Trust
which services could cause Countrywide to be deemed an "investment adviser" of
the Trust within the meaning of Section 2(a)(20) of the 1940 Act or to supersede
or contravene the Trust's prospectus or statement of additional information or
any provisions of the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder. Except as otherwise
provided in this Agreement and except for the accuracy of information furnished
to it by Countrywide, the Trust assumes full responsibility for complying with
all applicable requirements of the 1940 Act, the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, and any other laws, rules and regulations of governmental authorities
29. REFERENCES TO COUNTRYWIDE.
The Trust shall not circulate any printed matter which contains any
reference to Countrywide without the prior written approval of Countrywide,
excepting solely such printed matter as merely identifies Countrywide as
Administrative Services Agent, Transfer, Shareholder Servicing and Dividend
Disbursing Agent and Accounting Services Agent. The Trust will submit printed
matter requiring approval to Countrywide in draft form, allowing sufficient time
for review by Countrywide and its counsel prior to any deadline for printing.
30. EQUIPMENT FAILURES.
Countrywide shall take all steps necessary to minimize or avoid
service interruptions, and has entered into one or more agreements making
provision for emergency use of electronic data processing equipment. Countrywide
shall have no liability with respect to equipment failures beyond its control.
31. INDEMNIFICATION OF COUNTRYWIDE.
A. Countrywide may rely on information reasonably believed by it to be
accurate and reliable. Except as may otherwise be required by the 1940 Act and
the rules thereunder, neither Countrywide nor its shareholders, officers,
directors, employees, agents, control persons or affiliates of any thereof shall
be subject to any liability for, or any damages, expenses or losses incurred by
the Trust in connection with, any error of
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judgment, mistake of law, any act or omission connected with or arising out of
any services rendered under or payments made pursuant to this Agreement or any
other matter to which this Agreement relates, except by reason of willful
misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence on the part of any such persons in
the performance of the duties of Countrywide under this Agreement or by reason
of reckless disregard by any of such persons of the obligations and duties of
Countrywide under this Agreement.
B. Any person, even though also a director, officer, employee,
shareholder or agent of Countrywide, or any of its affiliates, who may be or
become an officer, trustee, employee or agent of the Trust, shall be deemed,
when rendering services to the Trust or acting on any business of the Trust, to
be rendering such services to or acting solely as an officer, trustee, employee
or agent of the Trust and not as a director, officer, employee, shareholder or
agent of or one under the control or direction of Countrywide or any of its
affiliates, even though paid by one of these entities.
C. The Trust shall indemnify and hold harmless Countrywide, its
directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents, control persons and
affiliates from and against any and all claims, demands, expenses and
liabilities (whether with or without basis in fact or law) of any and every
nature which Countrywide may sustain or incur or which may be asserted against
Countrywide by any person by reason of, or as a result of: (i) any action taken
or omitted to be taken by Countrywide in good faith in reliance upon any
certificate, instrument, order or share certificate reasonably believed by it to
be genuine and to be signed, countersigned or executed by any duly authorized
person, upon the oral instructions or written instructions of an authorized
person of the Trust or upon the opinion of legal counsel for the Trust or its
own counsel; or (ii) any action taken or omitted to be taken by Countrywide in
connection with its appointment in good faith in reliance upon any law, act,
regulation or interpretation of the same even though the same may thereafter
have been altered, changed, amended or repealed. However, indemnification under
this subparagraph shall not apply to actions or omissions of Countrywide or its
directors, officers, employees, shareholders or agents in cases of its or their
own gross negligence, willful misconduct, bad faith, or reckless disregard of
its or their own duties hereunder.
A. The provisions of this Agreement shall be effective on the date
first above written, shall continue in effect for three years from that date and
shall continue in force from year to year thereafter, but only so long as such
continuance is approved (1) by Countrywide, (2) by vote, cast in person at a
meeting called for the purpose, of a majority of the
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Trust's trustees who are not parties to this Agreement or interested persons (as
defined in the 1940 Act) of any such party, and (3) by vote of a majority of the
Trust's Board of Trustees or a majority of the Trust's outstanding voting
B. Either party may terminate this Agreement on any date by giving the
other party at least sixty (60) days' prior written notice of such termination
specifying the date fixed therefor. Upon termination of this Agreement, the
Trust shall pay to Countrywide such compensation as may be due as of the date of
such termination, and shall likewise reimburse Countrywide for any out-of-pocket
expenses and disbursements reasonably incurred by Countrywide to such date.
C. In the event that in connection with the termination of this
Agreement a successor to any of Countrywide's duties or responsibilities under
this Agreement is designated by the Trust by written notice to Countrywide,
Countrywide shall, promptly upon such termination and at the expense of the
Trust, transfer all records maintained by Countrywide under this Agreement and
shall cooperate in the transfer of such duties and responsibilities, including
provision for assistance from Countrywide's cognizant personnel in the
establishment of books, records and other data by such successor.
33. SERVICES FOR OTHERS.
Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent Countrywide or any affiliated
person (as defined in the 1940 Act) of Countrywide from providing services for
any other person, firm or corporation (including other investment companies);
provided, however, that Countrywide expressly represents that it will undertake
no activities which, in its judgment, will adversely affect the performance of
its obligations to the Trust under this Agreement.
34. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
It is expressly agreed that the obligations of the Trust hereunder
shall not be binding upon any of the Trustees, shareholders, nominees, officers,
agents or employees of the Trust, personally, but bind only the trust property
of the Trust. The execution and delivery of this Agreement have been authorized
by the Trustees of the Trust and signed by an officer of the Trust, acting as
such, and neither such authorization by such Trustees nor such execution and
delivery by such officer shall be deemed to have been made by any of them
individually or to impose any liability on any of them personally, but shall
bind only the trust property of the Trust.
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In the event any provision of this Agreement is determined to be void
or unenforceable, such determination shall not affect the remainder of this
Agreement, which shall continue to be in force.
36. QUESTIONS OF INTERPRETATION.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Ohio. Any
question of interpretation of any term or provision of this Agreement having a
counterpart in or otherwise derived from a term or provision of the 1940 Act
shall be resolved by reference to such term or provision of the 1940 Act and to
interpretations thereof, if any, by the United States Courts or in the absence
of any controlling decision of any such court, by rules, regulations or orders
of the SEC issued pursuant to said 1940 Act. In addition, where the effect of a
requirement of the 1940 Act, reflected in any provision of this Agreement, is
revised by rule, regulation or order of the SEC, such provision shall be deemed
to incorporate the effect of such rule, regulation or order.
All notices, requests, consents and other communications required or
permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing (including telex and
telegraphic communication) and shall be (as elected by the person giving such
notice) hand delivered by messenger or courier service, telecommunicated, or
mailed (airmail if international) by registered or certified mail (postage
prepaid), return receipt requested, addressed to:
To the Trust: Albemarle Investment Trust
c/o Boys, Arnold & Company
P.O. Drawer 5255
1272 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28813
Attention: John B. Kuhns
To Countrywide: Countrywide Fund Services, Inc.
312 Walnut Street, 21st Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Attention: Robert G. Dorsey
or to such other address as any party may designate by notice complying with the
terms of this Section 37. Each such notice shall be deemed delivered (a) on the
date delivered if by personal delivery; (b) on the date telecommunicated if by
telegraph; (c) on the date of transmission with confirmed answer back if by
telex, telefax or other telegraphic method; and (d) on the date upon which the
return receipt is signed or delivery is refused or the notice is designated by
the postal authorities as not deliverable, as the case may be, if mailed.
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This Agreement may not be amended or modified except by a written
agreement executed by both parties.
39. BINDING EFFECT.
Each of the undersigned expressly warrants and represents that he has
the full power and authority to sign this Agreement on behalf of the party
indicated, and that his signature will operate to bind the party indicated to
the foregoing terms.
This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of
which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute
one and the same instrument.
41. FORCE MAJEURE.
If Countrywide shall be delayed in its performance of services or
prevented entirely or in part from performing services due to causes or events
beyond its control, including and without limitation, acts of God, interruption
of power or other utility, transportation or communication services, acts of
civil or military authority, sabotages, national emergencies, explosion, flood,
accident, earthquake or other catastrophe, fire, strike or other labor problems,
legal action, present or future law, governmental order, rule or regulation, or
shortages of suitable parts, materials, labor or transportation, such delay or
non-performance shall be excused and a reasonable time for performance in
connection with this Agreement shall be extended to include the period of such
delay or non-performance.
The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience of
reference only and in no way define or limit any of the provisions hereof or
otherwise affect their construction or effect.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
executed as of the day and year first above written.
ALBEMARLE INVESTMENT TRUST
By: /s/ Jon L. Vannice
Its: President and President
COUNTRYWIDE FUND SERVICES, INC.
By: /s Robert G. Dorsey
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As Transfer Agent,
Dividend Disbursing Agent
and Shareholder Servicing Agent: (Per Account)
The North Carolina Tax Free Bond Fund Payable monthly at
rate of $18.00/year;
subject to a minimum
of $1,000 per month
Note: The foregoing fees will be discounted by 25% until August 31, 1998.
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