What can I do with a check payable to the deceased if I am the executor of the estate? 2 Answers as of March 04, 2011

My uncle died in December 2010 and his wife in February 2011. I am executor for both and have POA for both. I received a check payable to my aunt after her death. I am joint bank account holder with them. What can I do with this check? The bank says I cannot deposit it. Company sending the check has been notified of my aunt’s death.

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Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
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First, your power of attorney was extinguished upon their respective deaths. Second., the checks are still payable to the Estate and once Letters Testamentary have been established, you should be able to establish an Estate account and cash it. I suggest you speak to an attorney to file for an estate proceeding.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/4/2011
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