Sondra was helping Uncle Rudolph with his finances, so he put quite a bit of his money in an account in both of their names. He made them joint tenants of the account with right of survivorship, meaning that if one of them died, the other would get all the money. The evidence indicated this was what he intended. Rudolph got cancer and started to fail. Sondra was aware that there were other helpers and it seemed there was a risk one of them would write checks for Rudolph or otherwise access his money. So Sondra took $113,900 out of the joint account to protect it.
Then Rudolph died and other niece Edwina became his executor. Edwina sued Sondra for taking Rudolph's money without authorization.
The trial court ruled for Sondra, determining that Rudolph made a gift to Sondra when he established the joint account. So she was justified in withdrawing funds while he was still living. Any remaining balance in the account passed to her upon his death under Revised Code of Washington 30.22.100(3): "Funds belonging to a deceased depositor which remain on deposit in a joint account with right of survivorship belong to the surviving depositors unless there is clear and convincing evidence of a contrary intent at the time the account was created."