If one of my aunt’s died without a Will, what assets are included in her estate?

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If one of my aunt’s died without a Will, what assets are included in her estate?

Her savings account is linked to her mother’s name. Before she died she told a nephew that he could have all of her possessions. Would this include the savings account or just the furniture?

Asked on November 3, 2014 under Estate Planning, Minnesota

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If the aunt and her mother were joint tenants with rights of survivorship on the savings account, or if the account had a pay on death designation to the aunt's mother, then the savings account will go to the mother.  Also, the mother is a closer living relative than the nephew, therefore if there was no will, the furniture and other possessions will go to the mother as well, unless the mother chooses to honor what she knew were her daughter's wishes and give the possessions to the nephew.


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