If my mother recently passed away and we share bank accounts, do I have to list the shared accounts on the probate paperwork?

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If my mother recently passed away and we share bank accounts, do I have to list the shared accounts on the probate paperwork?

I have 3 siblings and my mom did not have a Will. She and I have a shared bank account checking, saving, money market savings and IRA account that I am the beneficiary. What do I have to list for my mom

s assets of than the house?

Asked on November 24, 2017 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If you and your Mother held accounts that you inherited automatically at the time of her death then no, they are not listed on the estate as hers for probate.  If, however, you held those accounts to be able to pay Mom's bills and manage her affairs and she entrusted them to you for only this reason and did not intend to leave them to you, there are more important questions for you to be dealing with when it comes to splitting estate proceeds with your siblings.  Good luck.


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