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Which Property Passes Under My Will?

Partners will usually hold their property jointly, this is known as ‘Joint Tenants’. If you hold your property as Joint tenants, should one partner die, that share is passed automatically to the surviving partner and will not pass through the Will. This is known as passing by ‘Survivorship’.

Alternatively, you may hold your property in specific shares – as ‘Tenants In Common’. This means that your share in that property will pass in accordance with your Will as it will form part of your estate. This enables you to make a gift in the Will to specify who is to take your share in the property, unlike a Joint Tenancy.

It is easy to convert a Joint Tenancy into Tenants In Common if you wish to make a gift of your share of the property. This can be done by a ‘Notice of Severance’, which is then registered with the Land Registry.

Other questions we get asked about Wills & Probate

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My Partner And I Are Unmarried And Are Buying A Property Together, But I Am Contributing All Of The Deposit. Do We Need To Record That Anywhere?

You should record your contribution and the way in which you would like the future proceeds of sale to be …

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What Is An Executor?

An executor is the person who has to deal with the deceased’s estate. Responsibilities include: paying of the deceased’s debts …

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What Is The Role Of An Executor Of A Will?

You are responsible for taking charge of the property, money and belongings. You will be held personally and financially responsible …

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I Have Property Overseas, Can I Still Make A Will In England?

Generally, if you own land, property or any other asset in a foreign country, you should have a Will prepared …

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What Is A Statutory Will?

To make a Will, you have to have capacity to understand what you own, what making a will actually means …

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One Of My Daughters Has A Disability And Receives State Benefits. Should I Simply Leave Her Out Of My Will?

You can set aside money for her using a Discretionary trust, which will not affect her entitlement to state benefits.

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What Do I Do If I Can’t Find The Will Or There Isn’t One?

If you cannot find a Will in any of the paperwork at the property, you should speak to other family …

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What Will Happen If I Do Not Make A Will?

A Will allows you to specify who you wish your estate to pass to upon your death. If you have …

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