Is the home and joint bank accounts included in the 50% for the descendants? This is what my brother was told by a lawyer he spoke with today.
I am sorry for your loss of your father. If the house is jointly titled in the name of your father and his second wife it is not part of the 50%, it becomes all hers. Joint bank accounts also go directly to the joint accountholder.
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You are entitled to one half of the probate estate. Jointly-held assets, and accounts with beneficiary designations are not part of the probate estate.
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Any joint with survivorship assets or beneficiary designated accounts (TOD/POD, life insurance) would not be included in that.
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No, the joint bank accounts and any brokerage accounts, IRA's, Life Insurance, and the like where she is specifically named as beneficiary will go directly to her. As to the house, she will only get it wholly if she is on title as tenants by the entireties or joint tenant with rights of survivorship. If they are just tenants in common (which is unlikely) then you would share your father's half with her.
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The descendants are the children of deceased father's first wife?
The jointly held assets with current wife will automatically go to her
and not be considered in consideration of distribution to the descendants.
Did father have a will?
If not-only assets not held jointly or with beneficiaries would be considered in the estate distribution.
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