A common question I receive from clients is whether a parent should make a child a joint owner of a bank account. Generally, the question comes from an elderly single or widowed client who either already needs the assistance of a child to ensure that bills are paid or is concerned that should she experience a debilitating health event, her child has the ability to pay bills.
Generally, I advise against this arrangement. There are two primary reasons for my position.
- Making a child the joint owner of an account means that the child now has as much ownership of the account as you do. If the child is sued