If my mother-in-law died but left her Will in a safe deposit box, how o we get?

I’m sure she had a Will; my husband and his brother are the beneficiaries and even were left a safe deposit box. However, they can’t seem to get the Will or anything in the box. What can they do since money is tight until they get their inheritance?

Asked on July 19, 2015 under Estate Planning, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you get what are commonly called "letters testamentary" from the surrogates or probate court to allow you to administer her estate and access her assets, including the safety deposit box, the bank should let you in. Contact the clerk of the surrogates or probate court and inquire into the procedure and what you'll need to produce, such as her death certificate.


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