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Writ of Execution & Joint Account Hold

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I have a question about a writ of execution. Our bank is in the state of Pennsylvania. If we receive a writ of execution on an individual and they have a joint account may we put a hold on that account if the other person is not listed on the writ of execution?
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I can't offer you an opinion based on Keystone State law. The general rule is that a joint account is reached by a garnishment or writ of execution naming one of the joint owners as the judgment debtor. Whether that's true in Pennsylvania is something you should ask local legal counsel.

First published on 03/31/2019

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