Wadsworth, OH asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: Can my husband sell a property without my signature?

He and his brother own a house jointly. I am not on the deed but they got the property after we were married. Now they are trying to sell it and I do not want to sell. Can I stop the sale?

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Ohio recognizes dower rights of spouses, so you must sign the deed to release your dower rights, and they will be unable to sell unless you do that (assuming they have a buyer that knows that). If they both sign a deed without you, you still have a claim to the property against the buyer. You can refuse to sign the deed, or you can determine the circumstances that will persuade you to sign. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney about releasing your dower rights.

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