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An account owned by a corporation, even if you are the sole shareholder, can not have a POD designation, since the you do not own the account "personally".
You would need to designate in your corporate bylaws the process for the termination of the corporation upon your death and the winding down of the business and distribution of the assets to the shareholder (your estate). Your will will would then determine the distribution of that asset, along with the rest of your estate.
Otherwise, you could operate your profession as a sole proprietor and set up a personal account which could have a POD, but that is not advised.
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