Answer by Ken Golliher: Any documentation requirements you impose are those designed by your bank; there is no legal checklist for required documentation. It is appropriate to ask for a copy of the letter appointing the personal representative. However, a copy of the check payable to the personal representative proves the relationship just as well.
Answer by John Burnett: In the next year or so, Treasury will have completed its phase-out of paper checks (or so it says). Assuming that it does happen, the check copy won't be a viable choice.
First published on BankersOnline.com 1/30/12