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To be clear, the owner of the account, the mother, converted the beneficiary (pay on death beneficiary) to a joint owner on the account, is that clear?
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yes the joint owner on an account inherits that account by operation of law; if there is a will that also addresses that property, the title of the account takes precedence over any will provision as a matter of law.
This is a common manner in which to avoid probate, as anything that is bequeathed via a will must go through probate.
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