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My late mother had her savings put into a joint account with

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My late mother had her savings put into a joint account with my sister so that my sister could access money on her behalf when she became housebound.
Her will stated that her house should be left to my sister who lived with her but any money should be split between my brother and myself.
But my sister has kept everything. My brother and I are dismayed that my mother's wishes have not been followed.
Is there anything wee can do?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.

I am afraid any money in a joint account normally belongs to the surviving account holder under the rules of survivorship, so the money automatically would belong to your sister as the money does not pass through the estate of your mother.

I am afraid I agree with the solicitor you spoke to, you would need to make a claim against the estate to enforce your mother's wishes and this will be costly with no guarantee that you will receive any money.

Hope this helps