Springfield, TN asked in Estate Planning for Tennessee

Q: My mother passed away recently. I handled everything for her. She is receiving small checks from companies like deposit

I’m her only child, she’s been divorced for 30

Years. She lived with me the last 8 months for health reasons. The checks are all under $100 like from xfinity and insurance and apartment deposit. How do I cash them? Is there a form I can get to show along with her death certificate?

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Denania Galloway
Denania Galloway
Answered
  • Memphis, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Is mother's estate in probate? If so, then you will have it go through the estate. If not, did she have a checking account that you have access to?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If the checks add up to less than $10,000, and if there are no other assets in the estate and no probate has been opened, then you can try waiting 90 from date of death and then approach your bank about negotiating the checks to you as the next of kin pursuant to TCA 45-2-711 or TCA 45-3-524.

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