How do you cash a check for a deceased person?

Answer

The only person who can legally cash a check for a deceased person is the executor/executrix of their estate according to the Law School at Cornell. If a will was not established authorizing such an agent, the heirs will need to go to probate court to be issued letters of testamentary.

The executor/executrix of an estate should take the check to an appropriate financial institute to deposit or cash it. The executor will need to endorse the back like so:

Payee Name

by (signature of executor/executrix)

Executor/Executrix of the Estate of Payee

Anyone who is not the executor/executrix must then go to probate court to be legally appointed as the executor/executrix. This can be time consuming, and all individuals must have the proper documents in order or risk the court denying the request. For those unsure of the process, there are probate attorneys who work with individuals in these situations.

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1. Take the check to the bank where the deceased maintained checking accounts or the bank holding the estate accounts. 2. Explain to the bank teller or customer service representative
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There are two ways. If it is a normal cheque that has not been crossed (not an A/C payee cheque) you can take the cheque to the cheque issuing branch, provide an identity proof and
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First off I am sorry that your daughter has passed. My condolences. It sounds like you are named as the executor in your daughters' Last Will but you don't say that you were formally
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