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Since my mother passed away with a small estate, I filed an Affidavit of Claiming Successor of Small Estate. I got an EIN and brought that with the certified affidavit, as well as the death certificate to 2 banks now, and neither will open an estate account for me (my mom). They both claim that I need to bring a Letters of Testamentary (or Letters of Administration) before they will open an account. I don't want to go through probate just to get a letter, but I'm not sure what else I can provide to show that I can open this account. Is there anything in Oregon law that states this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.I appreciate all the answers. I have what Oregon considers the correct documents (EIN, Death certificate, and the small estate affidavit signed by the court), so I'm now calling banks to see if they will accept this affidavit in lieu of letters of testamentary. I need this estate account to disburse funds, pay bills, and submit any other checks made out in my mom's name. This is just so hard.