Q: My late father owned a duplex as a joint tenant with his sister when he died. We also found his will, which stated he left all of his assets to me and my sister. Who will end up owning the duplex?

by | Nov 8, 2023 | Estate Planning, Q&A, Title and Deeds, Trust And Estate Administration |

A: Unfortunately, your aunt now owns that duplex. By operation of law, when your father died, the surviving joint tenant automatically owned the entire duplex, which meant that the will had no legal effect over the disposition of your father’s interest in the duplex. If you have questions about appropriate titling on real estate, you should contact an attorney ASAP!