Q: Can you cash a check made out to estate without going through probate
The person has a small estate. And there was a small check from the nursing home made out to his estate for return of rent that he did not use because of death
Once a person dies all checks made out to the estate would require an estate account for a bank to process payment. With out proper estate filing in the jurisdiction no estate account can be opened.
You will want to consult a probate attorney for assistance.
A: The short answer is no. But if you are the beneficiary and you can convince a bank to cash it, then go for it.
A: You will have toped an estate in order to cash the check. Consult a probate attorney for more information about simple estates.
A: You will have to open an estate in order to cash the check. There are probate procedures to handle simple estate issues like yours.
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