2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802b - Decedents’ Estates
Section 45a-284 - (Formerly Sec. 45-164a). Opening of safe deposit boxes to search for a will.

CT Gen Stat § 45a-284 (2015) What's This?

Whenever the sole owner of a safe deposit box dies, his next of kin, spouse, or any person showing a sufficient interest in the presence of a will may apply to the Court of Probate for an order to open the decedent’s safe deposit box to obtain any will or cemetery deed that may be contained therein. The Court of Probate may issue such order ex parte. The safe deposit box shall be opened in the presence of an officer of the bank who shall make return of such order to the court stating: (1) That only the will or cemetery deed was removed from the safe deposit box or (2) that there was no such will or cemetery deed in the safe deposit box and nothing was removed.

(P.A. 75-53; P.A. 80-476, S. 242.)

History: P.A. 80-476 added Subdiv. indicators and made minor wording changes; Sec. 45-164a transferred to Sec. 45a-284 in 1991.

See Sec. 45a-277 re opening of deceased owner’s safe deposit box to access jointly held stocks, bonds, annuities or certificates of deposit.

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