Reno, NV asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Nevada

Q: With an affidavit of entitlement in Nevada completed and notarized, how do you cash a check made out to the estate?

My mother passed away with the majority of her assets distributed to heirs through beneficiaries, joint tenancy, etc. Leftover, there are a handful of checks made out to the estate of ____.

How do you actually go about cashing those checks with the affidavit?

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Kirk Kaplan
Kirk Kaplan
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in Nevada

A: Likely the Affidavit will not be effective with banks, but you could try to ask if they would cash the checks. Try the bank you are currently work with. Or, send the affidavit to each of the issuers of the checks and them to re issue the check in your name. Depending upon the number of checks, this could be tedious and possibly unproductive. If all else fails, then you will likely to have to petition the court to issue special letters of administration, then obtain a tax ID for the estate and open an account with your chosen bank. I know there is a lot of work here, but that is how I understand the process works from all the years I have been probating estates in Nevada. I wish you well.

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