How You Hold Title to Real Property May Create a Real Life Problem


If you were a married couple living Arizona, you had three options as how to hold the title to real property in Arizona.

The choices were:

• community property,

• joint tenants with right of survivorship ("JTWROS") and

• tenants in common.

Now, under A.R.S. § 33-431, there is a fourth option - community property with right of survivorship ("CPWROS").


Prior to the existence of CPWROS, if married couples wanted to avoid probate and did not have an estate large enough to use a trust for estate planning purposes, their choice was JTWROS. The language in the Deed to create a JTWROS needs to include specific language in the granting portion requiring vesting to be as JTWROS. Although not required under A.R.S. § 33-431 (B), an acceptance is usually attached to the Deed specifically stating that the grantees are not accepting title to the property as community property, as tenants in common or as CPWROS. This acceptance is signed by the grantees and attached to the Deed for recording.


Now, if married couples want to avoid probate and their estate is not large enough to use a trust as an estate planning tool, their choice includes holding property as either JTWROS or CPWROS.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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