No more money problems after death of partner

The Chamber of Deputies, Belgium's lower house of parliament, on Thursday unanimously approved draft legislation that will make it easier for the surviving partner to continue to draw on the common bank accounts. At the moment, there are often problems because banks block joint accounts if one person dies.
People who lose a husband, wife or common law partner will no longer have to wait to have access to money on the joint accounts.
In future the surviving partner will continue to have access to the accounts up to a maximum of €5000, until inheritance issues are worked out.

The money is to be seen as a kind of 'loan' for daily maintenance until the inheritance is definitively sorted. This can take quite some time. 

The banks will also be authorised to continue to pay the costs on funerals and hospitals, as well as other outstanding bills that date to before the death of the partner.