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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?

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


Thanks

Lisa
in MA
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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.

AJ
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Thanks, AJ -- we do have a will. I just wanted to be sure that if we set up our accounts as TOD to our kids, that they still get the step up in basis, and you answered that!

Lisa
in MA
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Thanks, AJ -- we do have a will. I just wanted to be sure that if we set up our accounts as TOD to our kids, that they still get the step up in basis, and you answered that!

Keep in mind that setting up an account as TOD bypasses your will entirely. The account will go to the persons named as TOD no matter what your wills say.

That may or may not be what you want to do. Most estate attorneys would frown on using TOD accounts when you already have a will.

--Peter
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