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Subject:  Re: stock basis Date:  3/8/2018  10:19 AM
Author:  aj485 Number:  127224 of 133497

When we both die, the stock we own in a regular (joint) brokerage account will go to our children, and the cost basis changes to the final death date. This is true, right?

It is true that stocks receive a step up in basis upon the owner's death. Whether the stocks will go to your children or not depends on your estate planning (or lack thereof) and your state's laws.

Is this still true if the stock is held in a TOD acct?

Stocks held in a TOD account will go to the beneficiaries named in the account without having to go through probate. They will still receive a step up in basis.

You really need to be discussing these questions with the attorney who drew your wills. If you don't have wills, you should see an estate planning attorney sooner, rather than later.

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