Payable-on-death accounts are a type of bank account that, at the owner's death, lets the money remaining to pass directly to the beneficiaries named by the account owner. They offer an easy way to keep money out of probate. What's needed? Just properly notify your bank how you want to leave the money in the account — checking, savings, money market or certificate of deposit account. Even U.S. savings bonds can become a POD account. The bank and the beneficiary you name will do the rest. This bypasses probate.
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