joint account

Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of joint account

:an account (as in a bank) that more than one person can use
  • My wife and I keep our money in a joint account.

Word by Word Definitions

joint play
  1. : the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it

  2. : node

  3. : a part or space included between two articulations, knots, or nodes

  1. : united, combined

  2. : common to two or more: such as

  3. : involving the united activity of two or more

  1. : to unite by a joint : fit together

  2. : to provide with a joint : articulate

  3. : to prepare (something, such as a board) for joining by planing the edge

account play
  1. : a record of debit (see 2debit 1a) and credit (see 1credit 2d) entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern

  2. : a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance

  3. : reckoning, computation

  1. : to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

  2. : to be the sole or primary factor

  3. : to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something


Financial Definition of JOINT ACCOUNT

joint account

What It Is

A joint account is any type of bank account held by two or more persons.

How It Works

All members of a joint bank account are responsible for any liabilities in connection with the account. Actions taken on the account may require the written consent of all parties, depending on the terms of the agreement signed at the time the account was opened.

Many joint accounts are owned by married couples, in which case both generally agree that action on the account may be taken by the signature of either party. In the event of death, account ownership automatically passes to the surviving party.

Why It Matters

A joint account is an excellent option for two or more individuals sharing common financial interests or goals. It is advisable for an individual participating in a joint account to ensure the trustworthiness of all members in the joint account, since individuals are liable for the actions of the other parties, as well as their own.


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