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NSW Bank Account in Joint Names - What Happens When Other Person Dies?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by Christa, 17 December 2014.

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  1. Christa

    Christa Member

    17 December 2014
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    If a couple have all bank accounts in joint names and one person dies, are the bank accounts frozen or can the partner access money while awaiting settlement of probate?
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Hi Christa,

    The right of survivorship applies to jointly held money in a bank account. This means that where two or more persons own an asset in their ‘joint names’ and one of them dies, the deceased's share of the funds will automatically pass to the surviving person. They do not form part of the pool of assets that go into the persons estate. It is the same principle that applies to jointly held real estate.

    Therefore, no the account is not frozen it automatically becomes the sole property of the surviving partner.
    Sarah J likes this.

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