What is to be done with bank accounts after a death varies by province. In some provinces, bank accounts are automatically frozen after a death. To avoid any complications, the bank should be notified immediately, and you should find out the procedures for releasing these funds, and how to set up a new account for funds received after the death. 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 Funeral Directors Statement Of Death. If the deceased had a safety deposit box in a bank, the contents can be sealed after death and a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate will be required to gain access to the contents.
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A Funeral Directors Statement Of Death is necessary before anything can be done. A certified certificate can be obtained through a Funeral Director.
It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of the Funeral Directors Statement Of Death as most agencies require a certified copy and not a photocopy.
Everyone knows they should have a will, but the vast majority – about 70% of us – do not. Writing a will is easy and inexpensive, and once you are done you can rest easy knowing your hard earned money and property will be distributed according to your wishes.
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