I’ve just had a gentleman in whose wife recently died and no Grant of Probate is required. He just had a Statutory Declaration for me to sign for him. During conversation he mentioned that all the banks have said that they will not release any money until the full death certificate was available. He only has an interim certificate. Is this correct and has anyone heard of it before? It seems rather unfair for banks to hold money for a period which could potentially be 6-8 months. While I understand life companies often want the full death certificate, for obvious reasons, I cannot understand the banks reasoning unless my client has got the wrong end of the stick.
Churchers Bolitho Way