How to Claim Deceased Bank Accounts

How to Claim Deceased Bank Accounts

Step 1

Determine who is the executor of the deceased person's will and/or estate. They are the only person who is legally able to access bank accounts and other financial information. In the event that the deceased died without naming an executor, a person may be appointed by the court.

Step 2

Have the executor gain access to the bank accounts and determine the amount of money available. Compare this amount to any checkbooks or financial records the deceased left behind to see if they correspond.

Step 3

Distribution of the fund will then be handed out by the executor. The exact amount handed out to individuals is determined by the deceased's will or if there is no will, it is determined by the executor.