Q: dad recently passed away. he has a checking account with no beneficiary. How can I probate to get access to his account?
He is survived by his living wife but she has multiple sclerosis and is living and being cared for in a nursing home. I have power of attorney over her. How can I get access to deposit, withdraw or close out my dads checking account?
Do I need to retain a lawyer?
What is the usual cost?
Is this a quick resolution or am I to expect a long drawn out process?
A: The answer depends on a lot of factors that are not given in your question. What is the value of the account? Did your dad have a will or no will? Did your dad leave any OTHER assets that need to be retitled? For a reliable answer, my best advice is you should schedule a consultation with a probate attorney in your area.
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