Q. My dad passed away due to COVID 19, my mom needs to access money from his account to pay for the burial but she is not a signer on his bank account. Is there a special law to address this due to COVID 19, if, not, what can she do?

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Q. My dad passed away due to COVID 19, my mom needs to access money from his account to pay for the burial but she is not a signer on his bank account. Is there a special law to address this due to COVID 19, if, not, what can she do?

A. Unfortunately, there is not a special COVID 19 law, and the bank will not release the money to her unless she is the beneficiary of the account or it is in trust for her. She will have to commence an Estate Proceeding in the Surrogates’ Court of the county where he resided.

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