Learn Important Probate Essentials, including key things that go wrong in an estate, how to prevent them, and what to do if they happen.
After a loved one passes away, it is not uncommon to want to begin handling their affairs right away. Often, one of the first things the family will want to access the deceased’s bank accounts. Unfortunately, they quickly learn that the bank will not speak with them or give them any information, let alone access to the account. So, what can you do? How can you gain access to those funds? We’ll cover that in this post.
My name is Erik Broel & I am the founder & CEO of Georgia Probate Law Group. At our firm, we help families who have lost a loved one navigate the complex and confusing legal process so they can make sure the estate is handled properly and their loved one’s memory is honored. Everything discussed in this video is for general information and is not legal advice – for specific information about your situation, please go here to request a complimentary consultation with one of our estate probate lawyers.
Generally, a financial institution will only discuss an account with a person who has a legal right to access the account. In an estate situation, the most common ways to gain access to the deceased’s bank accounts are:
The good news is that if you are a beneficiary on the account or a joint account holder, the bank should give you access to the funds without much more effort on your part.
If you are not a beneficiary or joint account holder, though, you will need to become the Personal Representative of the Estate to gain access or information. To do that will involve filing an appropriate petition with the Probate Court and being appointed by the Probate Court. It is important to note that even if you have a Will that identifies you as Executor,
the Will will not give you access until it has been filed with the Probate Court and probated.
For more information about this and other probate topics, please go to GPLG.com/Handbook to download a complimentary copy of our Georgia Probate Handbook. You’ll learn the key things that go wrong in an estate, how to prevent them, and what to do if they happen.
You also can reach out to our office at (770) 796-4582 to set up a consultation.
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