The first step, after someone dies, is to determine whether there is a Will. If the Will cannot be found at home or in the decedent’s safe deposit box, check with the Register of Wills for that County since many people register their Wills. If you don’t know whether the person has a safe deposit box or which bank the person used, you may have to open the estate as “intestate” i.e. as having died without a Will, and once the Personal Representative is appointed then contact banks and ask if the decedent had an account and or safe deposit box there.
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