Giving your loved ones access to your bank accounts

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2022 | Estate Planning

The purpose of estate planning is to make sure your family members receive what you’ve worked hard for throughout your life in the most efficient and practical manner. One such method is providing access to your Michigan bank accounts after you pass away.

Add “payable on death” (POD) designation

This is a simple process wherein you can assign someone as the designated beneficiary for your accounts. After you die, the bank will automatically transfer the assets from your account to the designated beneficiary without them having to go through probate court.

Create jointly held accounts

Jointly held accounts (also known as accounts with co-owners) allow people to bypass probate by giving the account’s co-owner immediate access to the money. This can be a great option if you are married and want your spouse to have control of your accounts after you pass away.

Other methods that you can use

Estate planning tools like living trusts can help provide much more flexibility than simply assigning someone as a beneficiary or holding an account jointly. A living trust allows you to specify who should receive what assets, when they should receive them and how they should manage them upon receiving them. It also prevents your assets from going through probate, which ensures that those closest to you will have access to the funds quickly and without hassle.

Additionally, you can designate an agent under a power of attorney to manage your account on your behalf in the event that you become incapacitated. The agent will be able to access and manage your accounts as needed, ensuring that someone is always there to look after them.

Regardless of the path you take, it’s important to ensure that you keep your documents updated to avoid any confusion or delays down the line. With the right estate planning tools and a little bit of time, you can make sure that your loved ones will have access to your bank accounts after you pass away.