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#1776356 - 01/15/13 04:24 PM personal rep vs co-owner
Tessie Offline
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We have a single person that passed away and left his son as Personal Rep. The single person had his own accounts plus he had a checking account with his mother. She was listed as a co-owner on the account. They are questioning whether the Personal Rep has control over the Mother/Son account or just the accounts in the Single person's name.
We say a Personal Rep has no control over a Co-Owners account and they are saying he does.

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#1776358 - 01/15/13 04:28 PM Re: personal rep vs co-owner Tessie
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You are correct.

A joint account is owned by both persons; when one dies, the other becomes the sole owner, and a personal representative cannot touch it as it is not part of the estate.

The same goes with any accounts by a single person that might have had a POD notation, the funds go directly to the beneficiary, and are generally not part of the estate.
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#1777324 - 01/17/13 04:05 PM Re: personal rep vs co-owner Tessie
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That is, unless the joint accounts don't have rights of survivorship (most do).
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