Bank accounts: can one person close joint account without other's signature?

Can one person on a joint account close the account without a signature from the other account holder, assuming the two are not married?


As a general practice, most banks will not close a joint account without the signature of each of the account holders, regardless of their marital status, according to Johns, Flaherty & Collins attorney Brian Weber. However, either party on a joint account may withdraw any or all of the funds without the signature of the other account holder.


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