Even though my husband has a will, with the exception of his car, all of his assets are either TOD accounts (Transfer on Death) to me, or have me as his beneficiary. When he dies will I have to go through probate just for his car?
I’d think not, but this varies so much by state that I’m hesitant to say for sure. Plus, you are much wealthier than I am and that often complicates things.
mcarley is right, it will depend on your state law. When my mother died in Tennessee, I just had to go to a secretary of state office and sign a statement basically indemnifying the state against any claims related to the car and they issued me a new title. Some states require a court order or appointment as executor. This seems to say that is how CT does it (unless you can meet the requirements for transfer without probate).