Carrying on from our blog yesterday, joint accounts raise a number of legal considerations. The following are four more to keep in mind.

When dealing with joint accounts, there is also a presumption of resulting trust that relates to statute law that needs to be considered. In Ontario, pursuant to the provisions of the Family Law Act, it is presumed that a joint account established by husband and wife is jointly and beneficially held essentially on a 50/50 basis.

Furthermore, there is a presumption of advancement that needs to be considered in the context of joint account because as between husband and wife, it is presumed that the account is jointly held. As between parent and child, it is presumed that the account was established on the basis that, on death, the funds would essentially advance to the child. Again, depending on the facts, this can be argued at law.