tenancy by the entirety
tenancy by the entirety see tenancy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

tenancy by the entirety
A special kind of ownership that's similar to joint tenancy but is only for married couples and, in a few states, same-sex couples who have registered with the state. It is available in about half the states. Both spouses have the right to enjoy the entire property. Neither one can unilaterally end the tenancy, and creditors of one spouse cannot force a sale of the property to collect on a debt. When one dies, the survivor automatically gets title to the entire property without a probate court proceeding. Also called "tenancy by the entireties." Compare: joint tenancy
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


tenancy by the entirety
A type of concurrent estate in real property held by a husband and wife whereby each owns the undivided whole of the property, coupled with the right of survivorship, so that upon the death of one, the survivor is entitled to the decedent's share.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


tenancy by the entirety
A type of concurrent estate in real property held by a husband and wife whereby each owns the undivided whole of the property, coupled with the right of survivorship, so that upon the death of one, the survivor is entitled to the decedent's share.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

tenancy by the entirety
n.
   joint ownership of title by husband and wife, in which both have the right to the entire property, and, upon the death of one, the other has title (right of survivorship). Tenancy by the entirety is used in many states and is analogous to "community property" in the seven states which recognize that type of property ownership.
   See also: community property, tenancy

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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