When a shareholder dies the right to his interest in the shares will pass to whoever inherits them under his will or intestacy. … This will, however, be subject to any restrictions on transmission in the company’s articles. Restrictions on the transfer of shares will generally apply also to transmission on death.
The death of a shareholder automatically triggers a compulsory offer round of the deceased’s shares to the remaining shareholders. If the remaining shareholders decline to take up the offer, the shares can be transferred to a third party; … Share transfers to family members or family trusts are “permitted transfers”.
How to Transfer Individual Stocks
- Locate the bank. The first step in transferring stock to an heir is to locate the bank holding the account. …
- Communicate with the bank. Now that you have located the bank holding the account, you must let them know the account holder has died. …
- Transfer the stock.
If someone owned shares at the time that they died, then these will be included as part of their estate and they will need to be sold or transferred as part of the estate administration.
The stocks do not have to be listed in the deceased person’s will, which means they can be transferred without having to go through probate.
Inheriting shares involves a certain amount of paperwork to get them re-registered into a new ownership – and tax implications for the new owner should you wish to sell your inherited shares.