I own a home in St. Joseph, MI, with my father. It is written and agreed upon in his will that we ar


Question: My question is this: I own a home in St. Joseph, MI, with my father. It is written and agreed upon in his will that we are owners with all rights to the survivor.

Answer: Generally, for you to be a joint owner of property, your name must be on the title, which requires a deed to be executed and preferably recorded with your name also in title. Being the recipient of property by a will does not provide you any ownership in the home prior to the owner's death. And after the death, as the will is probated, the home may need to be sold to pay for expenses (This is just a caution, as I have no facts regarding the estate).

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