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Good afternoon,I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry for your loss. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
The reason that the POA from your husband was not accepted by the Treasury Securities office is that your husband did not own the bonds, rather the Trust owned them, and your POA did not appoint you as an agent of the trust but only for the trustee. He didn't have the right to assign a successor trustee---which is what you were essentially doing with the POA---unless he changed the wording of the trust.
You will need to get a local probate attorney to prepare a Successor Trustee document so that you can be named as the successor trustee of your husband's trust. That document along with the death certificate will allow you to negotiate the HH bonds on behalf of the trust.
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