A joint account is one way to leave funds to your family after you pass away. This type of account can usually avoid probate. Beware, however, there are some downsides to using a joint account to pass on an inheritance. How If you have a joint account “with rights of survivorship” when you pass away, the other owners of your account will receive all funds. Full ownership of the account can be achieved outside of probate, since the remaining account holder needs only to produce a death … [Read more...] about Can a Joint Account Avoid Probate?