Avoiding Probate With Tenancy by the Entirety Ownership

Many couples avoid probate of their valuable property by holding it as "tenants by the entirety."

Many couples choose to hold title to their valuable property as "tenants by the entirety." Tenancy by the entirety (TBE) is very much like joint tenancy, but it's just for married couples (and in a few states, same-sex partners who have registered with the state). When it comes to avoiding probate, TBE has almost the same advantages and disadvantages of joint tenancy and is most useful in the same situation: when a couple acquires property together.  

States With Tenancy by the Entirety Ownership

Alaska*

Missouri

Arkansas

New Jersey

Delaware

New York*

District of Columbia

North Carolina*

Florida

Ohioâ

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