Bank Accounts

What is to be done with bank accounts after a death varies.  To avoid any complications, the bank should be notified immediately, and you should find out their procedure, and 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 Death Certificate may be required to gain access to the contents.