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Thanks for your question and good afternoon.As long as the bank accounts here are joint ones with right of survivorship then these pass directly to you and no probate is necessary.As POA you may want to make sure she has no other assets that require probate either.If she has a car here the time to sell it or transfer title would be now.Also you want to make sure that the accounts have the right of survivorship or are payable on death(POD). Again if you did that there would be no need for probate here.If she has other assets you can liquidate them and place funds into the accounts so that they pass directly to you upon her death.It appears you have done all that will be necessary here to avoid probate for your aunt.A will may not be necessary if she doesn't have any other assets at time of death in her name.You have in effect done estate planning and eliminated the time and expense of court involved probate.I appreciate the chance to assist you today.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.
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