Not sure if money that was in the box legally belongs to the person who was authorized to have access and closed out the safe deposit box before the others death or if it should be part of the estate. This is in Ohio.
Partly this would be determined by the wording of the contract and also the origian of the funds/property. However, generally speaking if an asset is owned as Joint tenants with right of survivorship, both parties have complete access to the whole and upon the death of one joint owner the entire asset passes to the surviving owner so it would not be part of the estate of the one who died. I would note that If you can prove contribution or the deceased party and that it was ownership for "convenience" you might be able to argue it was a de facto POA situation such that the it was owned only by the deceased party...this is very hard to prove.
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Depends on the contract governing the safe deposit box. Go see a good probate lawyer and explain the facts carefully. Take whatever paperwork you have, ESPECIALLY a Will if there is one.
More information is needed, like the relationship between the co-owners of the deposit box, the nature of the property and whether there is proof of ownership associated with the items in the box. Additionally, the contract might address joint ownership.
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