My husband is a joint owner of a property with his friend. His friend just died. What is needed to remove the deceased's name?

There is no will.

Williamsport, PA -

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Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.

Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.

Commercial Real Estate Attorney - Pittsburgh, PA
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If the deed says that they are "joint tenants with right of survivorship", the title passed to him automatically upon his co-owner's death. If the deed says "tenants in common" or nothing, the title passed automatically to the co-owner's heirs at law. Show the deed to a lawyer who has a real estate practice.

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James S. Tupitza

James S. Tupitza

Real Estate Attorney - West Chester, PA
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Pa Dept of Revenue will be looking for its inheritance tax on the friend's interest.

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Kristina Street Hatcher

Kristina Street Hatcher

Real Estate Attorney - Johnson City, TN
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I agree. The only point I would add is that the cost of consulting an attorney will likely be minimal and it will put you in a far better position to know early on what your rights and options are, rather than waiting for the deceased's heirs to come to you. Good luck.

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