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Can husband use wife's checking account without her permission?

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2011-01-22 14:40:45
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No. Only the owner/holder of the checking account can use the account. Even the spouse of the account holder cannot use it. In case the spouse wishes to use it, they should either be a joint holder of the account or should have a legal power of attorney to do so. Even in cases where the wife is dead, her husband as the legal heir to her property can use the account.

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