Hello. I would be grateful for assistance on this probate question, on a matter I have inherited.
Please see the following timeline:
31.08.18 - Date of death
12.09.18 - Bank confirms with lay executor that they have received the bereavement notification form from her.
24.09.18 - The deceased’s cleaner attempts to cash in cheque in her favour for £5k and cheque was rejected by bank.
27.09.18 - The deceased’s cleaner attempts to cash in cheque in her favour for £5k and cheque was accepted by bank.
03.10.18 - My firm lodges death certificate with bank.
The bank claims they had authority to pay out the cheque because although the bereavement notification form was lodged before being presented with the cheque, the death certificate was not. However, they clearly rejected the first attempt for a specific reason.
Is the bank right to have accepted the cheque?
Thanks in advance.