Joint Bank Accounts

On April 18, 2013, in Bankruptcy, Estate planning, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Joint Bank Accounts

Are Joint Bank Accounts Good or Bad?

It depends!

Estate Planning

Joint bank accounts can be good from an estate planning perspective. Upon the death of one of the joint owners, the funds in the account automatically pass to the surviving account holder by operation of law.


Joint bank accounts can be a problem when it comes to filing bankruptcy. The monies in the joint account are considered fully owned by each person named on the account. Therefore, the joint account holder who files bankruptcy may be required to exempt all funds in the joint bank account, or risk losing a portion of those funds to creditors.

Note: Your specific situation may bring forth additional concerns about, and/or benefits  to having a joint bank account. It is always good to get information and/or guidance pertaining to your specific situation.

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