Estate Planning 101

Notifying BB&T After a Loved One’s Passing

September 13, 2023

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In the event of a loved one's passing, various financial institutions, including BB&T Bank, where the deceased held accounts, should be informed. This is essential to prevent any fraudulent activity, close accounts, and settle financial matters.

Who Should Be Notified

BB&T Bank, the institution where your loved one had checking, savings, or other types of accounts, should be notified. This will include any credit card accounts or loans associated with BB&T.

When to Notify

You should notify BB&T Bank as soon as possible after the death of a loved one. Quick action helps prevent any potential mismanagement or fraudulent activities.

How to Notify

BB&T Bank can be notified of a client's death by calling their customer service number. Alternatively, a visit to the nearest branch with a copy of the death certificate can be made. Remember to have the deceased's account details on hand.

What to Expect After Notification

Upon notification of the client's death, BB&T Bank will freeze the deceased's accounts and provide guidance on how to close accounts or transfer funds. If there's a will, the bank will work with the executor or administrator of the estate. If no will exists, the bank will guide you through the appropriate process.

Tips for Notification

Keeping a record of all communication with the bank is important. Also, ensure you understand the process and next steps clearly. If necessary, seek advice from an estate attorney or financial advisor.

Conclusion

Dealing with financial matters after the loss of a loved one can be challenging. However, by promptly notifying institutions like BB&T Bank, you can protect the deceased's estate and make necessary arrangements for account closure or transfer.

FAQ

Q: What if I can't find the deceased's account details?
A: If you don't have the specific account details, BB&T can often locate the deceased's accounts using their full name, date of birth, and Social Security number.

Q: What happens to any outstanding loans or credit cards?
A: The bank will provide guidance on how to settle any debts. Usually, these are paid out of the estate.

Q: What if the deceased shared a joint account?
A: Typically, a joint account will become the sole responsibility of the surviving account holder. However, it's important to confirm this with the bank.