Whether jointly owned property forms part of the estate depends upon whether it is held as a joint tenancy or as tenants in common.1

On the death of one of two or more persons entitled to property under a beneficial joint tenancy, the whole of the beneficial interest in the property accrues to the surviving joint tenant(s) by right of survivorship, and no part of it devolves on the personal representatives of the deceased joint tenant. It is not that the beneficial interest of the deceased person passes to others, but that it simply ceases to exist as an asset at all.2

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