If I have added my name to the residential property deed along with my mother and now she has died, do I own the property?

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If I have added my name to the residential property deed along with my mother and now she has died, do I own the property?

Asked on January 16, 2012 under Estate Planning, Michigan

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry foy your loss.  It really depends on how the property was held on the deed and if the deed contained the words "with rights of survivorship."  Those words mean that the property passes automatically at the time of death of one of the owners to the other owner.  If it did not contain those words then the other half would pass in to your Mother's estate.  Good luck.   


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