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Jilenne Gunther

Jilenne Gunther, MSW, JD, is national director of BankSafe at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include financial exploitation, fraud, and consumer law. Read her full biography.
As a teenager, I was friends with an amazing woman named Kaye. She was a nurse during World War II, and after the war, she and her husband — a baron of Poland — worked with Radio Free Europe to help bring freedom to people trapped behind the Iron Curtain.
When looking to manage a loved one’s finances, leave money to a beneficiary or simply monitor an immediate family member’s account, many turn to joint accounts. While they may be easy to use, as described in a recent blog, joint accounts have risks. And there may be better options, depending on…
Joint bank accounts can be a great convenience for people who share income and expenses — often the case with married couples. However, joint accounts also can have disadvantages. It is important for consumers to understand what a joint account is and what it is not, along with all its…
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