Palatine, IL asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan

Q: If 2 men purchased property together singlely,can they just add wife's names years later?No quit claim,just added

1932 2 men purchased property and obtained a warranty deed.1953 1 of the men and his wife sell his half of the property to the other man and his wife via quit claim.They never quit claimed the wife's names,is that legal?Then months later the man and wife sold both halves to another couple.Is that legal since half the property was in just the man name without his wife but they both sold and signed a warranty deed.It went from a quit claim deed to a warranty deed somehow.Then in 1994 the womans husband died so she recorded that and quit claimed to herself,grandson and granddaughter with joint rights to survivorship.2010 the granddaughter quitclaimed to the grandson.No record of the grandmas death so is her name still on it?This is in Michigan

2 Lawyer Answers
David Soble
David Soble
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Answered
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: While you have done an excellent job of describing the past conveyance history of this property, I would still want to review the title abstract before rendering an opinion. Stating the type of deed used for conveyance is not the same as showing how title held. Go to www.provenresource.com to see more info on this area.

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
Answered
  • Howell, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You are bumping into the concept of ‘dower’ here. That sounds like a perfectly appropriate chain of title, but I concur I’d need to see an abstract of title to know for sure what is going on.

Why the concern? If you are thinking of buying I’d strongly urge you to hire a local real estate attorney to review everything and communicate your concerns.

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