JOINTLY OWNED RESOURCES (FAM)

SR 97-45 Dated 12/97

Previous Policy

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Personal property resources which an assistance group member owns together with a non-assistance group member. The treatment of jointly owned resources differs depending on when joint ownership was established.

Before November 1, 1995

Consider jointly owned personal property as being shared equally among the owners. Give individuals the opportunity to establish that they own more or less than an equal share. If the individual establishes that one or more of the owners legally owns more or less than an equal share, only consider the share actually owned by the assistance group member as a countable resource.

November 1, 1995 or Later

Consider personal property resources which an individual owns with someone who is not an applicant or recipient as belonging to the individual. When one or more joint owners apply for or are receiving assistance, assume that each applicant/recipient owns an equal share. An individual wishing to rebut the presumption of ownership may submit a written statement with verification that includes:

• A corroborating statement from each other account holder, or if an account holder is incompetent or a minor, a corroborating statement from a competent adult aware of the circumstances surrounding the establishment of the account.

• Account records showing deposits withdrawals and interest in the months for which ownership is an issue.

• If the individual does not own any of the funds, evidence showing that the individual can no longer withdraw funds from the account.

• If the individual owns only a portion of the funds, evidence showing removal from the account of such funds, or removal of the funds owned by the other account holders, and redesignation of the account.

See Real Property for the treatment of jointly owned real property. *

Treatment: Countable Resource