Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2015

A Notice Regarding Bank Policy from the County Surrogate James S. LaCorte

As some of you may know the Surrogate’s Office is responsible for assisting residents in the orderly process of estates after the death of a Union County Resident.   As Surrogate of Union County, one of my obligations is to alert residents of potential problems with the processing of residents estates.  

Recent events concerning Chase and Wells Fargo Banks compel me to warn residents that their loved ones may confront severe problems when they attempt to manage their deceased loved ones assets at the time of their death.  Chase Bank has displayed in the recent past a refusal to follow New Jersey Law and instead follow their own bank instituted policy which adds expense and delay to the orderly processing of the decedents estates.  Wells Fargo has acted in a similar manner on many occasions.

I am therefore advising Union County Residents that commencing or continuing a banker-customer relationship with Chase and Wells Fargo Banks may cause several unforeseen impediments with the timely processing of your estate after your death or the death of a loved one. 

Please remember this alert when deciding to commence or continue a financial relationship with Chase Bank or Wells Fargo Bank. 

The Honorable James S. LaCorte
Surrogate of Union County
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