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My sister's husband died and then my sister died less than a

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My sister's husband died and then my sister died less than a month later. Neither had a will. There were no children or living parents. The heirs are the siblings of each of the deceased. I have been named the administrator of the estate.
My sister had numerous bank accounts in her name only that were pay on death beneficiary accounts. Am I correct in my assumption that those POD beneficiary accounts are not part of the estate and not part of probate? If I am correct, could you give me a section of probate law that I can refer to and/or sone case law? Thank you for any help you can give. Karen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.

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Yes, POD accounts are not part of the estate so log as the beneficiary is live when they were to be paid.

It's not a part of the probate code because it's not part of the probate.

If you will reply and tell me your state I can run a quick search to see if there is any case law but this is one of those things that is so much a part of the lw that there might not be any case law because no one would challenge it.