tenancy in common
tenancy in common see tenancy

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

tenancy in common
A way two or more people can own property together, in unequal shares. Each has an undivided interest in the property, an equal right to use the property, and the right to leave his or her interest upon death to chosen beneficiaries instead of to the other owners (as is required with joint tenancy). In some states, two people are presumed to own property as tenants in common unless they've agreed otherwise in writing.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

tenancy in common
A form of concurrent ownership of real property by at least two parties. Each party holds an undivided ownership interest that is conveyed by will, deed or other type of conveyance. Unlike tenants holding other kinds of interests, tenants in common can hold unequal interests.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


tenancy in common
A form of concurrent ownership of real property in which two or more persons possess the property simultaneously; it can be created by deed, will, or operation of law.

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


tenancy in common
A form of concurrent ownership of real property in which two or more persons possess the property simultaneously; it can be created by deed, will, or operation of law.

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

tenancy in common
n.
   title to property (usually real property, but it can apply to personal property) held by two or more persons, in which each has an "undivided interest" in the property and all have an equal right to use the property, even if the percentage of interests are not equal or the living spaces are different sizes. Unlike "joint tenancy," there is no "right of survivorship" if one of the tenants in common dies, and each interest may be separately sold, mortgaged or willed to another. Thus, unlike a joint tenancy interest, which passes automatically to the survivor, upon the death of a tenant in common there must be a probate (court supervised administration) of the estate of the deceased to transfer the interest (ownership) in the tenancy in common.
   See also: joint tenancy, tenancy

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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