Murfreesboro, TN asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: Can land in Ohio ever be conveyed without dower rights released?

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

A: Sure, property can be conveyed without a dower release from a spouse. There is no requirement to release dower rights when conveying to a buyer. But a knowledgeable buyer, and the buyer's lender, would require a dower release. A buyer without an attorney might accept a conveyance unknowingly. But once that buyer figured out the problem, the buyer could file a fraud claim against the seller. Buyers and sellers of real estate should each retain an attorney to properly advise them, since real estate is usually a significant financial transaction, and if it isn't done properly, there can be mistakes that are difficult, expensive, or even impossible to fix. The cost of an attorney to review the transaction and provide advice, is a wise investment. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review a real estate transaction to be sure it is done properly.

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