After a death, there are many legal details to hammer out. While it is not necessary to get a lawyer, it may benefit your needs. A lawyer will make sure all the ‘t’s are crossed and ‘i’s are dotted. The time following a death of a loved one is extremely emotional, and even the closest family will have disagreements over the most trivial matters. To make sure there is still peace in the family, it is a good idea to let a lawyer figure things out.
What is to be done with bank accounts after a death varies. To avoid any complications, the bank should be notified immediately. You should find out their procedure on how to set up a new account for funds received after the death, if applicable. It’s recommended that a joint account stay open for at least six months to allow you to deposit any cheques that are made out to the deceased. To take a name off a joint bank account, banks require a Proof of Death Certificate. These are obtained from the funeral home. If the deceased had a safety deposit box in a bank, the contents can be sealed after death and a Proof of Death Certificate may be required to gain access to the contents.
Proof of Death Certificates
A Proof of Death Certificate is necessary to notify and prove a death has occurred. A Proof of Death Certificate can be obtained through a Funeral Director. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies, as most agencies and organizations require an original Proof of Death Certificate and not a photocopy.
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