Will a bank tell me if my father had a safe deposit box?

Father passed. Told my siblings and I
he had a safe deposit box. I know I
would need an affidavit to get into it,
but first I need to know if one exists.

Asked on March 10, 2016 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you have letters testamentary (authorization from the probate or surrogate's court to manage his property after his death), they will tell you. These letters would be valuable to get, since they will help you with any situations where you need information about or access to his assets. Speak to the clerk of the probates or surrogates court about getting the appropriate documentation.


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