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In which State are you located?
Can you close the joint account without his signature? Would he agree to this?
You can definitely do it if he agrees to it.
It is a good idea to take assets out of his name before the beginning of the 5 year look back period.
I agree it would be a good idea to consult a financial advisor or an attorney who specializes in estate planning.
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Please follow up on this with a local attorney.
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