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What if my spouse dies, do I need to retitle any jointly owned real estate?
We sometimes will have husband or wife pass away and the primary residence may have been owned by husband and wife. If one spouse passes away, under Pennsylvania law real estate does not need to be re-deeded to remove the deceased spouse’s name as long as the deed shows it is owned by husband and wife together. In Pennsylvania jointly owned real estate, passes 100% to the surviving spouse without a new deed. If the surviving spouse would ever sell the real estate or at the death of the second spouse, the provisions of the deed would note the first spouse’s date of death and explain 100% ownership vested in the surviving spouse. If you have additional questions, please contact our office.