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My son and I are joint owners of the house I live in; he lives elsewhere. Is it correct that when I die my half share goes to the joint owner ie. my son, since I have another son to whom I would like to leave something?

If you and your son own the house as beneficial joint tenants then you’re right: he will receive your share if you die first. If you own the house as “tenants in common” however, your shares will be separate. It’s a very simple procedure to turn a joint tenancy into a tenancy in common, and you should discuss this with your solicitor and ensure that you make a will to dispose of your half as you wish. You should also discuss this with both your sons, especially if there is a mortgage.

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