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Joint Account


A bank account or credit card account owned by two or more people.


Mary Kate and Ashley are sisters with a joint checking account. They each put in $500 each month. They are both responsible for the account. If in March, Ashley doesn’t put in $500 and writes a check for $1,000 on the account when the account only has $900, Mary Kate is equally responsible for the charges of the bounced check. If Ashley skips town, the bank will make Mary Kate pay up.