If the decedent’s Will names me as the executor, can I show the Will to the bank and close the accounts that are in the decedent’s name? The answer is no. A Will designates or nominates someone as the executor or personal representative. It’s simply a nomination or designation. In order to become the personal representative and have authority to act and behalf of the decedent to collect his bank accounts, you must file a probate proceeding, which would require the petition to have the Will admitted to probate, and then the person, the nominated personal representative, file an oath and many times a bond, and after which the court would then issue what they call letters of administration. The letters of administration are the authority of the executor to act in the decedent’s behalf to collect these assets, so the letters are required in order to collect the money, place them into a, an account for the estate, and then the bills of the decedent are paid from that account. If you have any questions, give me a call at (727) 847-2288.