Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in California

What happens to joint bank accounts when your spouse dies without a will in California? Do the accounts /assets get frozen?

Asked on 8/28/12, 10:15 am

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Donald Field Donald L. Field, Jr., Attorney at Law
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if the bank accounts are in fact joint tenancy accounts, the accounts pass to the survivor at death. if there is any real estate or if other assets exceed $100,000, probate of the deceased spouse's estate may be necessary.

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Answered on 8/29/12, 9:38 am

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