have "Letters of Testimentary" or afidavit of heirship. It's a small estate, trying to avoid probate
It sounds as if perhaps the account that you are trying to access was not established in the name of the trust. It sounds like it is in the name of the decedent. If that is the situation then you would have to probate the Will that you have. It is probably a "pour-over" Will. That means that it leaves any assets that are in the decedent's name to the Trust. You may be able to use a probate procedure called Muniment of Title instead of obtaining Letters Testamentary. You need to consult with an experienced probate lawyer. You cannot do this yourself. It is unfortunately common that individuals establish trusts (often called Family Trusts or Revocable Trusts) and then fail to transfer all their assets into the trust.
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Mr. Paxton's analysis is likely correct. If the certificate of trust would usually be enough, if the account was held in the name of the trust. Based on the documents the bank is requesting, the accounts were probably never transferred trust ownership. Even though you said this is a small estate, it is worth a consultation with a local probate attorney to get this resolved.
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