If our 31 year old son died, how do we close his bank account?

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If our 31 year old son died, how do we close his bank account?

No one else was listed on it but him.

Asked on April 10, 2013 under Estate Planning, Ohio

Answers:

Elena Eckert

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Sorry for your loss.

In order to close your deceased son's bank account you will have to initiate the probate procedure.  Once the court appoints a personal representative of the estate, he or she will be able to handle the affairs of your deceased son.

If he did not have a will and was not married, then you, as his parents, will have to file a petition for probate with the superior court in a county where your son resided.  In a petition, you should ask to be appointed as the personal representative/administrator of the estate.  After the court grants your petition, you will have to obtain Letters of Administration from the court.  This is the document you will need to handle the estate of your deceased son, including closing his bank account.


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