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You are going to be entitled to the money in these accounts; they do not pass under the will. Certain assets pass outside probate and thus are not governed by the will and thus do not require probate. These include the following: i) joint brokerage and bank accounts which vest automatically in the surviving owner upon the death of one owner; ii) real property held as joint tenants or tenants by the entirety, which also vest automatically in the surviving owner upon the death of one owner; and iii) assets with designated beneficiaries other than the estate such as life insurance and retirement accounts. These joint accounts you reference fall within the foregoing categories and thus automatically vest in your upon your mother's death.
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