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My mother past away in November. Her will stated that the

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My mother past away in November. Her will stated that the property was to be sold and divided. The property was sold prior to her death. Does this still have any baring on her estate?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My mothers will states that all property was to be sold and divided. She sold the property prior to her passing. Does all the money from the sell have to be divided if it was sold prior to her death?

Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 2 years ago.
It depends on the exact wording of the will as well as where the property was placed after the sale.
If, of instance, the will stated that "all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my property are to be divided..." then the proceeds remaining in the estate have to be divided as the will states.
However, if the property was sold and the proceeds were given away prior to her death then she didn't own the proceeds at the time of her death and the will has nothing to do with them.
Also, if she sold the property and then placed the proceeds into a bank account with a beneficiary then that bank account would pass to the beneficiary upon her death "outside of probate" and so what the will stated would have no effect on the bank account and how it was to be paid.

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