Q: I the son am beneficiary in my moms will.she had a joint bank account of 17ooo.who gets the money.
My sister-in- law is the executor of the will and also on the joint bank account
A: In New York, the names on the bank account trump the will, or more accurately, the bank account passes outside the will. That your sister is executor of your mother's estate is irrelevant. If she is the only one on the bank account, she gets the account. If she is a co-beneficiary on the account, she shares it with the other named beneficiary or beneficiaries.
A: It all depends on the legal name on the signature card of account. If the account is titled in your mother's name and your sister's name, with no other language, then there would be a presumption that half the account belongs to you sister's and half belongs to your mother's estate. If the title of the account includes the word "Joint" and "rights of survivorship" then the presumption is that the account belongs fully to your sister. There are exceptions which might result in a different result.
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