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Harris, Law Specialist
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Experience:  Family Law - Specialist in Divorce, Financial Relief and Children Matters
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I jointly owned a house with my wife,we got divorced 6 years

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I jointly owned a house with my wife,we got divorced 6 years ago but we never changed
the joint owner ship of the house, I still lived in the house untill 4 years ago then i moved
out. We stayed the best of friends.She past away on the 14th of August 2016, she did not have a will. The house is still in joint names.Now that she has past away what do i have to do about the house? I would very much like your help.
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Hi, thank you for your question. Do you know if the property was held as joint tenants or tenants in common?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was as joint tenants.

Thank you. As you were joint tenants, the whole property automatically passes to you, unless there was a previous financial settlement as part of the divorce which awarded her the home. If there was no financial settlement, the property would automatically transfer to you and does not form part of her estate for distribution under intestacy rules. You can see the guidance here for removing her name from the title:

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