Next steps to take after the death

What are my rights?

If I had a joint bank account with someone, can I withdraw money from it after they die?
  • Yes
  • No

When a loved one dies, there are several things to take care of in addition to making funeral arrangements. They include safeguarding the property the deceased left behind, notifying organizations of the death, and inquiring about survivor benefits. 

What you should know

Steps to take

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2020
  • Time to read: 6 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Stephen Hsia, Miller Thomson

Stephen Hsia

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