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How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by pocohantas(f): 9:16pm On Jul 22, 2019
Following the thread on unrecovered funds from a deceased's bank account
https://www.nairaland.com/5314151/how-banks-bankers-getting-richer

I noticed the reoccurring misconception of the next of kin. I will like to address some of these misconceptions and how to recover such funds (to the best of my knowledge).

THIS IS FOR PERSONS WHO DIED INTESTATE (WITHOUT LEAVING BEHIND A VALID WILL)


1: Who is a next of kin (NOK)?
The NOK is the closest living (mostly) blood relative to an individual. For some people, it could be their spouse, parent, siblings, children…even friends.

2: What is the NOK entitled to?
NOK is just a contact person, he/she is NOT AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED TO THE DECEASED’S ESTATE. Emphasis on automatically because there are situations where the NOK would eventually double as the BENEFICIARY.

3: Who is a BENEFICIARY?
A beneficiary is someone who receives all or part of the deceased's estate.

4: What then is the NOK for?
You might be wondering, since the person won’t be given your funds without paperworks, why fill that space in your Account opening forms? Well, the NOK is that person to be contacted in event of emergencies or whenever the need arises. It shouldn't be a minor.


PROCEDURES TO RECOVER FUNDS FROM A DECEASED'S BANK ACCOUNT;

A:—The survivor(s) to the deceased should head to the Probate Registry in a High Court to apply for an administration of deceased estate/properties. This application must be accompanied by a DEATH CERTIFICATE and can be done IN PERSON OR THROUGH A LEGAL PRACTITIONER.

The process to get the LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION is very much the same across states, though there might be slight differences. Application must contain the following;

-Full names of deceased.
-Date of death of deceased.
-Last residence before death.
-Name of proposed administrators

You will be guided on every other form to fill or required documents and identification.

Persons that can apply for the letter of administration are generally called NOKs and are classified in this heirarchy;

– Surviving spouse(s) of the deceased
– Children of the deceased
– Parents of the deceased
– Brothers or sisters of the deceased of full blood or the children of such sibling.
– Brother or sister of the deceased of half-blood or the children of such sibling.
– Grandparents of the deceased
– Uncles and aunts of full blood or their children

B:—The Probate Registry would give you a letter of confirmation to be taken to banks, financial houses as well as stockbrokers the deceased shared business relationships with. This will enable them disclose the deceased's financial standing as of that date.

C:— Return the confirmation to the Probate Registry. They will add up the deceased’s balances and apply their charges. You will be required to make payments. After payments, the paperwork for you to be administrator would be concluded.

D:—Upon issuance of the Letter of Administration, it should be taken to all the (SUSPECTED) banks where the deceased had accounts for claims. The beneficiary can then decide to open an estate account to move the funds or take it cash. When he/she opts for the latter, the bank would issue a bank draft.


NOTE:
>>2 guarantors (preferably with landed properties) would be required to fill some documents, to support their application to the probate registry, before the letter of administration can be issued.

>>The process could take some time because publication would be made in the gazette or newspaper. This is to give any interested person the opportunity to object and file a caveat to the grant of letter of administration to the applicant.

>>Objection may be raised within specified period for filing a caveat. In the absence of any, the letters of administration would be granted.

>>There are various fees to be paid before its application is evaluated and approved.
However, once approved by the Probate Registry, an estate fee of 5-10% (depending on the state) of the estate's value is paid to the State Government where the Letter of Administration is made and approved.


>>Is there a statute of limitation on filing for the estate of a dead relative? If there is, how long is it?

No, there isn’t. Whenever the relatives are up to it, they would be given the funds upon presentation of necessary documents.

>>What happens when the relatives do not know all the deceased’s bank accounts?

In this era of BVN, the relatives can state this request at the Court. They would help with an order mandating the bank to make known all accounts linked to the deceased.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by pocohantas(f): 9:23pm On Jul 22, 2019
Thank you...

Objections, suggestions and experiences are welcome smiley

Cc: Laudate.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by laudate: 9:48pm On Jul 22, 2019
pocohantas:
Thank you...

Objections, suggestions and experiences are welcome smiley

Cc: Laudate.
You nailed it! cheesy Wonderful job. Well done. cool

The only part that I think should be included, is that the family/next-of-kin/administrators should engage a skilled lawyer to do the filing of the application with the probate registry. sad

They would also need 2 guarantors (preferably with landed properties) to fill some documents, to support their application to the probate registry, before the letter of administration can be issued. undecided

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by pocohantas(f): 9:58pm On Jul 22, 2019
laudate:

You nailed it! cheesy Wonderful job. Well done. cool

The only part that I think should be included, is that the family/next-of-kin/administrators should engage a skilled lawyer to do the filing of the application with the probate registry. sad

They would also need 2 guarantors (preferably with landed properties) to fill some documents, to support their application to the probate registry, before the letter of administration can be issued. undecided

Thanks a lot. I am flattered embarassed.

I did put all those plenty requirements, had to cut them to reduce the length. Let me edit and add your suggestion(s).

Done cheesy

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by izzou(m): 10:01pm On Jul 22, 2019
The process can be very tedious. I remember when my mum was trying to go through all these after my dad died

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by pocohantas(f): 10:05pm On Jul 22, 2019
izzou:
The process can be very tedious. I remember when my mum was trying to go through all these after my dad died


Yes, it could be very tedious. The bureaucracy in our civil service is a major bottleneck. We are not there yet.

I hope she finally got the funds?

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by mostyg(m): 10:07pm On Jul 22, 2019
Good

Everyone not minding age should have a Will which should include ones assets and liabilities.
It shouldn't necessarily be how your properties would be shared. Let will include your debtors and creditors, business interests and shares, and bank accounts.

Good record will make life easy for the people we will leave behind.
I did mine last month and my wife knows where it is.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by SmellingAnus(m): 10:08pm On Jul 22, 2019
I was here
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by obembet(f): 10:08pm On Jul 22, 2019
With all this document, bank will still frausrate you til you abandon the money...

I hear about the younger called wazobia for a case like this, despite getting all the document.. The money he spent is over4 200k and still no show till date.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Naijaguy123: 10:08pm On Jul 22, 2019
cool
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by doctore212(m): 10:08pm On Jul 22, 2019
How can I get an Oloshos number in Ajegunle. It is very urgent

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Dreamswayne: 10:09pm On Jul 22, 2019
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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by nelronaldo(m): 10:09pm On Jul 22, 2019
I talk am
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Goldenheart(m): 10:10pm On Jul 22, 2019
shocked
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by NNEWIsuper: 10:10pm On Jul 22, 2019
pocohantas you're on point..kudos
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Kirchhoff01(m): 10:10pm On Jul 22, 2019
Shït is frustrating.
I saw hell as a 23 year old Next of Kin. Lawyer wan collect eim own, Government wan collect.

How much come remain way me and siblings go dey manage

Omo, e no easy

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by NNEWIsuper: 10:10pm On Jul 22, 2019
there is nothing better than giving every details to your family

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by eben1marketer: 10:11pm On Jul 22, 2019
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by healthserve(m): 10:12pm On Jul 22, 2019
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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Goldenheart(m): 10:12pm On Jul 22, 2019
doctore212:
How can I get an Oloshos number in Ajegunle. It is very urgent

No 7 Owolabi street.... There is a Bar at the front.... Just behind the bar is a secret Harlem cool

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by dingbang(m): 10:12pm On Jul 22, 2019
Nice one pocohantas.
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Keywordconcept(m): 10:13pm On Jul 22, 2019
Detailed information.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by ruggedtimi(m): 10:13pm On Jul 22, 2019
What if the family is not aware of the deceased account ? The bank wins

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Nbote(m): 10:14pm On Jul 22, 2019
laudate:

You nailed it! cheesy Wonderful job. Well done. cool

The only part that I think should be included, is that the family/next-of-kin/administrators should engage a skilled lawyer to do the filing of the application with the probate registry. sad

They would also need 2 guarantors (preferably with landed properties) to fill some documents, to support their application to the probate registry, before the letter of administration can be issued. undecided

D process doesn't necessarily require a skilled lawyer or their inputs... Lawyers are only involved to get their own percentage.... And dey want a percentage of everything d letter of administration is going to cover. All d person needs to do is to visit d Probate department of any state High court And ask for all d requirements. Anyone can actually get it done demselves... A lawyer friend I asked to help asked for 5% of d value of cash at bank and properties until I found out I could actually do d processing myself. I'm currently processing my Dad's and I know a couple of persons who also processed theirs.. D letter of administration takes between 1 to 3 months to process.

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Peterlawyer(m): 10:14pm On Jul 22, 2019
Nice one
Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by helphelp: 10:14pm On Jul 22, 2019
Adding timeline would do greatly to this post

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by konny1(m): 10:14pm On Jul 22, 2019
pocohantas:
Following the thread on unrecovered funds from a deceased's bank account
https://www.nairaland.com/5314151/how-banks-bankers-getting-richer

I noticed the reoccurring misconception of the next of kin. I will like to address some of these misconceptions and how to recover such funds (to the best of my knowledge).

THIS IS FOR PERSONS WHO DIED INTESTATE (WITHOUT LEAVING BEHIND A VALID WILL)


1: Who is a next of kin (NOK)?
The NOK is the closest living (mostly) blood relative to an individual. For some people, it could be their spouse, parent, siblings, children…even friends.

2: What is the NOK entitled to?
NOK is just a contact person, he/she is NOT AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED TO THE DECEASED’S ESTATE. Emphasis on automatically because there are situations where the NOK would eventually double as the BENEFICIARY.

3: Who is a BENEFICIARY?
A beneficiary is someone who receives all or part of the deceased's estate.

4: What then is the NOK for?
You might be wondering, since the person won’t be given your funds without paperworks, why fill that space in your Account opening forms? Well, the NOK is that person to be contacted in event of emergencies or whenever the need arises. It shouldn't be a minor.


PROCEDURES TO RECOVER FUNDS FROM A DECEASED'S BANK ACCOUNT;

A:—The survivor(s) to the deceased should head to the Probate Registry in a High Court to apply for an administration of deceased estate/properties. This application must be accompanied by a DEATH CERTIFICATE and can be done IN PERSON OR THROUGH A LEGAL PRACTITIONER.

The process to get the LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION is very much the same across states, though there might be slight differences. Application must contain the following;

-Full names of deceased.
-Date of death of deceased.
-Last residence before death.
-Name of proposed administrators

You will be guided on every other form to fill or required documents and identification.

Persons that can apply for the letter of administration are generally called NOKs and are classified in this heirarchy;

– Surviving spouse(s) of the deceased
– Children of the deceased
– Parents of the deceased
– Brothers or sisters of the deceased of full blood or the children of such sibling.
– Brother or sister of the deceased of half-blood or the children of such sibling.
– Grandparents of the deceased
– Uncles and aunts of full blood or their children

B:—The Probate Registry would give you a letter of confirmation to be taken to banks, financial houses as well as stockbrokers the deceased shared business relationships with. This will enable them disclose the deceased's financial standing as of that date.

C:— Return the confirmation to the Probate Registry. They will add up the deceased’s balances and apply their charges. You will be required to make payments. After payments, the paperwork for you to be administrator would be concluded.

D:—Upon issuance of the Letter of Administration, it should be taken to all the (SUSPECTED) banks where the deceased had accounts for claims. The beneficiary can then decide to open an estate account to move the funds or take it cash. When he/she opts for the latter, the bank would issue a bank draft.


NOTE:
>>2 guarantors (preferably with landed properties) would be required to fill some documents, to support their application to the probate registry, before the letter of administration can be issued.

>>The process could take some time because publication would be made in the gazette or newspaper. This is to give any interested person the opportunity to object and file a caveat to the grant of letter of administration to the applicant.

>>Objection may be raised within specified period for filing a caveat. In the absence of any, the letters of administration would be granted.

>>There are various fees to be paid before its application is evaluated and approved.
However, once approved by the Probate Registry, an estate fee of 5-10% (depending on the state) of the estate's value is paid to the State Government where the Letter of Administration is made and approved.


>>Is there a statute of limitation on filing for the estate of a dead relative? If there is, how long is it?

No, there isn’t. Whenever the relatives are up to it, they would be given the funds upon presentation of necessary documents.

>>What happens when the relatives do not know all the deceased’s bank accounts?

In this era of BVN, the relatives can state this request at the Court. They would help with an order mandating the bank to make known all accounts linked to the deceased.

Ok

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Lovelyn451(f): 10:14pm On Jul 22, 2019
How can somebody even use their parents as next of kin

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by Lamasta(m): 10:15pm On Jul 22, 2019
Hmm very very important for one to know this cos those banks are making stupid wealth from deceased customers

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Re: How To Recover Funds From Accounts Of Deceased Loved Ones. by doctore212(m): 10:15pm On Jul 22, 2019
Goldenheart:


No 7 Owolabi street.... There is a Bar at the front.... Just behind the bar is a secret Harlem cool

Thank you so so much. I get only 5h. Hope that will be enough.

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