(765 ILCS 1005/2)
(from Ch. 76, par. 2)
Except as to executors and trustees, and except also where
by will or other instrument in writing expressing an intention to create
a joint tenancy in personal property with the right of survivorship, the
right or incident of survivorship as between joint tenants or owners of
personal property is hereby abolished, and all such joint tenancies or
ownerships shall, to all intents and purposes, be deemed tenancies in
common. However, the foregoing shall not be deemed
to impair or affect the rights, privileges and immunities set forth
in the following paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e):
(a) When a deposit in any bank or trust company
transacting business in this State has been made or shall hereafter be made in the names of 2 or more persons payable to them when the account is opened or thereafter, the deposit or any part thereof or any interest or dividend thereon may be paid to any one of those persons whether the other or others be living or not, and when an agreement permitting such payment is signed by all those persons at the time the account is opened or thereafter the receipt or acquittance of the person so paid shall be valid and sufficient discharge from all parties to the bank for any payments so made.
(b) When shares of stock, bonds or other evidences of
indebtedness or of interest are or have been issued or registered by any corporation, association or other entity in the names of 2 or more persons as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, the corporation, association or other entity and their respective transfer agents may, upon the death of any one of the registered owners, transfer those shares of stock, bonds, or other evidences of indebtedness or of interest to or upon the order of the survivor or survivors of the registered owners, without inquiry into the existence, validity or effect of any will or other instrument in writing or the right of the survivor or survivors to receive the property, and without liability to any other person who might claim an interest in or a right to receive all or a portion of the property so transferred.
(c) When shares of stock, bonds, or other evidences
of indebtedness or of interest are or have been issued in the joint names of 2 or more persons or their survivors by corporations, including state chartered savings and loan associations, federal savings and loan associations, and state and federal credit unions, authorized to do business in this State, all payments on account thereof made then or thereafter, redemption, repurchase or withdrawal value or price, accumulations thereon, credits to, profits, dividends, or other rights thereon or accruing thereto may be paid or delivered in whole or in part to any of those persons whether the other person or persons be living or not, and when an agreement permitting such payment or delivery is signed by all those persons at the time when the shares of stock, bonds or evidences of indebtedness or of interest were issued or thereafter, the payment or delivery to any such person, or a receipt or acquittance signed by any such person, to whom any such payment or any such delivery of rights is made, shall be a valid and sufficient release and discharge of any such corporation for the payment or delivery so made.
(d) When the title to real property is held in joint
tenancy by 2 or more persons or in tenancy by the entirety, and payment of compensation is made to any county treasurer for the taking or damaging of that real property in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, or pursuant to any Act of the General Assembly now or hereafter enacted for the exercise of the sovereign power of eminent domain, the right of survivorship to the title in and to that real property shall be transferred to the money so paid to and in the hands of the county treasurer. However, upon application to the county treasurer holding the money by any joint tenant for his proportionate share thereof, or by any tenant by the entirety for a one-half share thereof, he shall receive the same from the county treasurer without the consent or approval of any other joint tenant, and the person making the application shall have no survivorship rights in the balance remaining in the hands of the county treasurer after deducting therefrom his proportionate share.
(e) When the property owned in joint tenancy is a
motor vehicle which is the subject of a title issued by the Secretary of State, the owners shown on the certificate of title shall enjoy the benefits of right of survivorship unless they elect otherwise. A certificate of title which shows more than one name as owner shall give rise to a presumption of ownership in joint tenancy with right of survivorship.
Furthermore, any non-transferable United
States Savings Bond, debenture, note or other obligation of the United
States of America therein named shall, upon the death of the designated
person, if the bond or other obligation is now or hereafter
issued made payable to a designated person and upon his death to another
person then outstanding, become the property of and be payable to the other
person therein named. If any such non-transferable bond, debenture, note
or other obligation of the United States of America be made payable to
2 persons, in the alternative, the bond or other
obligation shall, upon the death of either person, if the bond
or other obligation is then outstanding, become the property of and be
payable to the survivor of them.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)