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My husband Rick died May 9 2013. The problem is the checking

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My husband Rick died May 9 2013.
The problem is the checking account is over $150,000 limit. Bank of America needs a letter of Testamentary before they will release the funds.
No creditors-Paid
No property-Transferred to Surviving Spouse, Karen.
Do I will need to go through probate?
Welcome! My goal is to do my very best to understand your situation and to provide a full and complete answer for you.

Good morning. Unfortunately, since the amount is over $150,000, California law requires you to file a petition with the probate court to be appointed the executor of your husband's estate. Upon that appointment, the court will issue the Letters Testamentary that you can then provide the bank to access the funds.

This is the part of my job I don't like...when the law is not in favor of my customer. I wish I could tell you filing the probate petition was not necessary, but, I can only provide you information based on the law so that you can act on the best available information to you. ………..I wish I had better news, but can only hope you recognize and understand my predicament and don't shoot the messenger. I'm sorry!

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