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Husband seriously ill; checking account is in his name only; how do I get the money for paying bills, etc.?

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  • 8 months ago

    Ideally, you get durable POA from your husband. If there was some reason your finances were separate, and the reason is still there, then maybe he can assign POA to one of his children, who can pay your bills.

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  • B
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    get a power of attorney for finances off the internet (legal zoom.com is one) and have him sign it today

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  • 8 months ago

    Have him give you power of attorney. If he is so ill that he cannot, go to court and seek to be his conservator.

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  • 8 months ago

    Ask your bank to be certain that you don't have check writing privileges. But if not, You will have to get power of attorney, and you may need a lawyer for that..

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  • 8 months ago

    If he is CONSCIOUS and not mentally incompetent, he can still access the account.

    It can't hurt for him to issue you Power of Attorney or just add you to the account.

    If he isn't capable of that, you need a COURT ORDER to manage his affairs.

    Source(s): 2 decades working for a bank.
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  • JJ
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    Have your husband sign a power of attorney document

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  • 8 months ago

    i would talk to the bank about it

    • STEVEN F
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      The bank CAN'T do SQUAT without what has already been suggested happening 1st.

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Your husband needs to sign a POA allowing you to handle his financial affairs. If he doesn't have a will, you should get that done as well, assuming he is of sound mind to do so. If he is not capable of signing the POA, you will have to get a court order naming you as his guardian.

    • Snezzy
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      This is the correct answer. It should be a durable power of attorney and should cover most or all things, not just the bank account. If he refuses to give you POA you have a big problem, and may be looking at conservatorship.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    If you do not have power of attorney, get your husband to go with you to the bank and change the account to a joint checking account. If he does not agree to do so, you need to leave him, post haste.

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