Sometimes, a dentist might own a piece of real property with another person. But did you know that there are different business structures which the dentist might end using inadvertently (some structures are better than others – depending on your specific circumstances)? This comes up when a dentist passes away, for example, when the Estate Trustee has to deal with co-owned property of the deceased…
In what follows, I’ll briefly discuss co-ownership in the form of tenants in common and how this structure differs from a partnership. Before talking about those differences, it’s worthwhile to discuss what holding property as tenants in common or as joint tenants means.
To start, you should know that co-ownership means that two or more parties are owning property together. They can do so as tenants in common or as joint tenants. Tenants in common each have an interest (which need not be equal) in the property which can be transferred generally unilaterally and without anyone else’s consent; upon death, that interest would go to their estate and the beneficiaries thereunder.
If, however, parties are holding land as joint tenants, then a right of survivorship arises: the surviving party obtains the other party’s interest in the property when that party dies. Joint tenancy have equal, unlimited, and free access to the property in question. Transfers of property interests must be made unanimously.
There are important control, estate, and tax consequences that may arise – depending on whether you’re holding property as a tenant in common or as a joint tenant. Now, with these preliminary things said and done, I will move on to the differences between owning property through a partnership vs. owning property as tenants in common and NOT through a partnership.
Parties can be co-owners of property without necessarily being partners (Section 3.1 of the Partnerships Act). Here are the key differences between partnerships and co-ownerships:
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