Your will or trust will not override what is named in the beneficiary designation on a life insurance policy, annuity, or retirement account (like an IRA or 401(k) plan).
It is important you update your beneficiary designations to reflect your current wishes so state laws don’t determine who receives the benefit.
Does a will override a joint bank account?
Interaction With a Will
Since the will can only control probate assets, the funds in the account cannot be distributed according to what the will says. This does not mean the joint account “overrides” the will.
Can savings accounts have beneficiaries?
Savings account holders are allowed by federal banking regulations to designate a beneficiary or multiple beneficiaries to their account(s). This is authorized mostly in case of an event like death. Any person, charity, trust, an organization can be chosen as a beneficiary by an account holder.
Does a trust override a beneficiary?
A trust is a legal device by which property is distributed to beneficiaries named in the trust. Generally, a beneficiary designation will override the trust provisions. There are situations, however, in which the beneficiary designation will fail and the proceeds of the account will pass under the terms of the trust.
Can an executor override a beneficiary?
By law, an executor owes each beneficiary of a will a fiduciary duty. An executor should never willfully take action that is contrary to the instructions given in the will, nor should he ignore provisions that cause the beneficiaries’ claims to weaken. Unfortunately, a breach of fiduciary duty is not uncommon.