The Directorate of Health preserves death certificates. As soon as the death has been registered in the National Registry, along with the necessary information, the National Registry sends the death certificate to the Directorate of Health according to the Act on death certificates, autopsies, etc. no. 61/1998.
Bank accounts in the name of the deceased are closed when the death certificate has been submitted. Therefore, it is important to make arrangements in advance so that you can pay bills and buy necessities.
If a couple or cohabitants have had joint bank accounts, the surviving spouse must create a new account and ensure that, for example, wages and other payments are not deposited into a joint account.
If and when the surviving spouse receives permission from the District Commissioner for beneficial enjoyment of the estate, access to the deceased’s accounts can be reopened.