Cleveland, OH asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Probate and Securities Law for Ohio

Q: How can I freeze my mom bank accounts?

My mother had pass away this past Sunday ,family members are trying to take advantage, they took her credit cards check books without my permission and someone told me they was trying to write out a check and try to withdraw money from her account witch is illegal. How can I freeze her accounts.What can I do with a attorney without going through probate because she has no will?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Howell, MI

A: 1) Not having a will doesn't mean you don't have to go through probate. Indeed, it likely means you WILL have to go through probate.

2) Simply inform the banks your mother has died, and call the credit card companies with the same information. They will freeze the account automatically until someone is appointed by the Court to act for the Estate.

3) and most importantly, hire a local probate attorney.

Do that yesterday.

You need legal representation particularly if you will need to challenge charges or 'get back' money improperly removed from your mom's accounts.

Hire a local attorney ASAP!

-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.

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