I own an apartment condo in Chicago and would like to convert the deed to joint-ownership with my wife. How should I go about doing this? Is it necessary to hire a lawyer in this situation and if not, what are the pros and cons? Also, how long can this process be expected to take?What are the specific tax implications of changing ownership? My wife and I are recently married and she is an foreign-born alien. We are interested in applying for her Green card and through our reading have found that evidence of joint-ownership of primary residency (or any property) can significantly enhance the strength of the application.