I am my mother's power of attorney, guardian and executor of will. There is no property or assets involved only a bank account which I have full and total access to. On the event of Mum's death, is probate required for me to distribute the funds in the account, as Mum has requested (in a formal legally drawn up will) or am I able to go ahead and pay the funeral bills, give the money to the beneficiaries (siblings, grandchildren, etc.) and close the account? Thank you.