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When a decedent's assets are frozen, that includes all bank accounts titled in the decedent's name, unless it was held in joint tenancy; then generally it is not frozen, as the joint tenant would be able to continue to use the account.
If this was a pay on death account, it would pass, as a matter of law, to the named party - and would not need to be probated. However, if the beneficiary was listed in the will, then it would be frozen until an executor is appointed and the executor notifies the bank.
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