Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.Please bear with me a few moments while I review your question, conduct and prepare your response.
Here if you are on the accounts you can keep on writing checks .If you are just the POA here you need to wait until probate is opened and you are appointed by the court and given your letters testamentary. With these letters you can then convert these to estate accounts with an new EIN for the estate.
I would consider a local lawyer here to get probate opened.There is a real risk here the checks and account get froze if they know she died and you are not listed on the account as a signatory rather than just using the POA.Honestly I would go inside to the bank and see if they will honor them.
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I would go to bank in person here and ask.IF you are on the account personally as a signatory you can keep on banking.If you were just using the POA you will need to open probate and be court appointed as executor and will admitted to probate.You want to do this asap and get it going.You will need the lawyer to make application and to help you get an EIN number.Once appointed bank will let you use EIN number here and convert these to estate accounts.
You can then pay claims, taxes, gather assets, and then when done transfer the assets to yourself as sole heir.Likely you are going to have to open probate to access funds and checks here as the POA ceased at death.
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