Purvis, MS asked in Banking for Mississippi

Q: I have a joint checking account with my mother. The bank gave a printout to my brother of our account. His name is not

on the account. He doesn't have access to the account. I did not give consent for him to obtain this information. Was this illegal?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: Technically, yes. Banks are not supposed to release information to any client about another client without permission. However, having been a commercial bank officer in a different lifetime, I also know that this happens frequently when the bank employees know or have known that the person asking for info is actually related to the other person whose account information is requested. So, if your brother asked the bank for info about his mother's account, I am not surprised to hear they gave it to him. Finally, I strongly advise BOTH of you to not let this family dispute over who controls you mother reach the boiling point. Your mom deserves better than that.

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