Removing a name from a business account frees that person from personal responsibility for the account. People listed on business loans share responsibility for the debt, with creditors allowed to file lawsuits against everyone on the account if the debt isn't paid. The stakes are not nearly as high on joint business checking or savings accounts. However, people sharing joint business bank accounts are all liable for certain transactions such as overdrafts. Banks and creditors are generally unwilling to remove names from a business loan account while the debt is outstanding. It's to the bank's advantage to hold as many people responsible for the debt as possible.
Review business loans or credit accounts bearing the name of the person you wish removed. Contact the creditor to negotiate removal of a name from the account. To accomplish this, the bank must recognize you as a primary account holder or owner of the business. The bank may require additional collateral before removing the name or require the account paid in full.
Follow terms of the negotiated agreement to remove the name. Pay all or part of the balance or put up additional collateral such as real estate or a personal retirement savings account.
Call the bank and contact customer service to remove an authorized signer on a checking or savings account. Tell the bank you wish to remove a name from the account and follow instructions for following up in writing. Or visit a bank branch with the person to be removed from the account. Show identification as you complete the task with the help of a customer service representative.
Robert Lee has been an entrepreneur and writer with a background in starting small businesses since 1974. He has written for various websites and for several daily and community newspapers on a wide variety of topics, including business, the Internet economy and more. He studied English in college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Governor's State University.