Check made out to legal representative for the estate

Sister passed away before receiving any disability payments. I was the legal representative for her estate. Her estate closed 2 weeks ago. I received her disability check made out to

Asked on October 15, 2017 under Estate Planning, North Carolina


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Every state has laws that allow you to re-open the estate when a new asset of the estate has come to light.  The funds would likely pass thrugh the "residuary" clause of the Will: "The rest, residue and remainder of my account goes to ......."  If there was no Will then is passes via the intestacy statute.  Good luck.

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