Q: Mother died. Father survives. Her will left everything to him. All assets are joint. Is probate necessary/required?
If all assets with husband and wife are joint at the time of one of their deaths will usually call that a non Probate event - There are no assets that need to go anywhere.
You might want to speak with your mother’s lawyer just to make sure
A: I agree with my colleagues responses but suggest that your Father consult with a probate attorney to get an evaluation to be sure that no probate action is needed.
A: Probate is not necessary for joint husband and wife assets. You should record your mother's death certificate in each county where they own any joint real estate and also provide a copy of the death certificate to each bank or brokerage where they have a joint account.
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