Disputes Between Siblings Over Family Property

Feb 28, 2018

Disputing property ownership between siblings is one of the most stressful experiences for a family.

Family property that is to be inherited by siblings can have an emotional connection to everyone involved. Whether it is the family home you grew up in, the cottage, or the family business, the interests in property can lead to conflict among even the closest family members.

To further complicate matters, there are different types of co-ownership for which siblings could inherit family property. For example, “joint tenancy with a right of survivorship” means that upon the owner’s death, the property will pass automatically to the surviving co-owner. By contrast, “tenancy in common” means each owner has an individual, undivided ownership interest in the property and holds the right to alienate or transfer that ownership interest. These differences could have probate implications that affect you. We act for siblings in disputes over inherited family property to ensure that any legal issues are discreetly and effectively handled on your behalf.

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