Febelfin can assist you in locating bank accounts of deceased individuals.
When someone passes away, as an heir, you don't always know where the deceased had a bank account or securities, or which bank they rented a safe deposit box from. The Bankresearch service of Febelfin can help you find this information from its member banks.
Important: The information below is focused on the heirs of the deceased. If you are a notary, curator, lawyer, or OCMW, please check here.
Through a bank investigation, you can have it checked whether someone was a customer of one or more banks during a period of 3 years before their death or before the commencement of provisional guardianship.
You can use the Bankresearch service in the following cases:
In the case of a death, you can also have the request made by a notary, curator (in the case of an unattended estate), or a lawyer.
OCMWs (Public Social Welfare Centers) can request an investigation for the elderly, aid applicants, etc.
Bankresearch does not handle requests related to divorce (unless there is an explicit court order to search for bank assets), moral investigations, bankruptcy, or fraud cases.
This service also does not search for (life) insurance contracts.
Bankresearch needs information about both you and the person you want to have investigated. Below, we summarize the information/documents you need to have on hand.
Post: Bankresearch, Koning Albert II-laan 19, 1210 Brussel
Bankresearch attempts to forward the request to a maximum number of its members but cannot guarantee that all members will actually receive the request.
Febelfin does not have access to the requested information or the way in which the banks handle the request.
Febelfin cannot be held liable for the further processing of the bank investigation request by the respective banks.
The cost of 151.25 euros only covers the processing by Febelfin and the response regarding whether or not someone had a customer relationship with a bank. The costs do not cover additional inquiries, such as questions about account balances and histories. Banks may charge additional fees for these.
When you request a bank investigation, Febelfin will process your personal data and the personal data of the person mentioned in the request in accordance with the procedure described above.
Your personal data will not be retained longer than necessary for the intended purposes of processing. Our privacy statement provides more information on our processing of personal data and how to exercise your rights.
According to privacy protection legislation, the responses from the member banks must be sent directly to the requester. Febelfin does not receive information from its members.