Q: My grandfather died in 2002.He has an open bank account.No will.Is there any way to access it?
He was not on Title 19 at death but was at one time. Would the state just take the money?
If the account is under $40,000 then you can file with the probate court in the district where he lived a simplified estate intestate. Intestate means the estate passes by statute instead of a will. The statute explains who in the bloodline will inherit.
If the account is over $40,000, same as above except it is not a simplified estate but requires more time and more paperwork.
You can go to the probate website for the state of Connecticut for more information.
I don't know if the state will tell you, but you can try calling them to see if they have a lien against his estate. Otherwise, whether they take the money or not depends on whether they have a lien.
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