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No. You should open up probate and transfer the money once probate is open. The reason being that you are required to notify any and all creditors and pay off all of the descendant's debts prior to making a disbursal to any beneficiaries.
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Are you the executor of the estate?
If you are not, you will be held liable for any actions you take that impact the estate. In this case, any creditors could potentially come after you for disbursing the funds.