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Can you provide me a bit more information? When you mention he left money to you, can you explain how this was done since he had no will? Did he have a living trust that was to provide this money for you?
Thanks so much for your response. Great! That makes it easy! Certain assets pass outside probate and 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. The account you reference falls within the foregoing. So, you need only contact the bank and deliver them a death certificate for your brother and whatever information they request substantiating your identity. That is all that you are required to provide. The bank is then required to send you the money as the named beneficiary! :)
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Thanks for following up. No, you have no legal obligation to do anything further with regard to your brother's tax obligation or his estate. As a beneficiary of the account, you are entitled to the account proceeds, but you have no further obligations at all.