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girishankar (manager)     28 March 2010

Joint Family

Dear Sirs ,

 Whats a Joint family and who are all the Members of a Joint family,  A Married girl comes under a joint means if it is Parental Sde or Maternal side... pl Explain


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Suchitra. S (Advocate)     29 March 2010

Six key aspects of Joint Family are:-

  • all members live under one roof
  • share the same kitchen
  • three generations living together (though often two or more brothers live together, or father and son live together or all the descendants of male live together)
  • income and expenditure in a common pool- property held together.
  • a common place of worship
  • all decisions are made by the male head of the family- patrilineal, patriarchal.

A married woman is a member of her matrimonial home.

Anil Agrawal (Retired)     29 March 2010


A Joint Hindu family otherwise called as 'Hindu Undivided Family' [HUF] consists of all persons lineally descended from a common ancestor, and includes their wives and unmarried daughters. A daughter ceases to be a member of her father’s family on marriage and becomes a member of her husband’s family.

The joint and undivided family is the normal condition of Hindu society. An undivided Hindu family is ordinarily joint not only in estate, but also in food and worship. The existence of joint estate is not an essential prerequisite to constitute a joint family. A family that does not own any property may, nevertheless, be joint. Where there is joint estate, and the members of the family become separate in estate, the family ceases to be joint family. Mere severance in food and worship does not operate as a separation. also there is no workload.

Businesses carried out by Hindu joint families in India are governed by the Hindu Law, where the liability of the entire business is borne out by the oldest surviving male member, who is the Manager of the family and is the head of family and is also the head of the business of the Hindu Undivided Family by default. He is called "Karta".


G. ARAVINTHAN (Legal Consultant / Solicitor)     29 March 2010

Suchitra is right. 

A person -Kartha , being the old member of the Hindu joint family be the Manager of the Joint family

girishankar (manager)     30 November 2010

Thank U Suchi

girishankar (manager)     30 November 2010

Sorry Ms Suchitra

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