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This can be done very easily so long as your brother did not owe money to anyone. If he did not have creditors then your niece can file an affidavit of collection with the probate
court in the county where your brother died. Unfortunately this is not something that you can do for her as it is only allowed to be filed by the legal heir of the estate
. The daughter is the only legal heir.
Here are the instructions to the affidavit of collection: http://www.mncourts.gov/forms/public/forms/Probate/PRO201.pdf
Here is the affidavit of collection form: http://www.mncourts.gov/forms/public/forms/Probate/PRO202.pdf
All that is required is that the niece has to fill out the affidavit, have it notarized and take it to the bank with a certified death certificate. If the account has more than $50,000 then the affidavit cannot be used.
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