Case Study

Protecting property and inheritance


Home is where the heart is, and it's often where our most cherished memories are made. But when that sanctuary becomes a battleground, the complexities of legal ownership and rights can take center stage. Property designations, while seemingly just legal jargon on paper, can have profound implications on the lives of those involved. At KLG Barristers and Solicitors, we understand that beneath these terms lie genuine concerns about safety, security, and ensuring that one's legacy is protected for future generations. Our commitment has always been to bring clarity, compassion, and justice to these situations, especially when they involve the vulnerable.

Note: While the essence of these legal battles remains accurate, specific details have been sufficiently altered to maintain anonymity.

Background Having previously weathered the challenges of one relationship and blessed with children from that union, she entered into another commitment, symbolized by a matrimonial home. This shared residence, like many others, was designated as a "joint tenancy," a legal term signifying equal ownership and the right of survivorship. In simpler terms, should one partner pass away, the surviving partner would inherit their share, owning the property in its entirety. While this might seem like a standard procedure for many couples, our client's unique circumstances cast a shadow of concern over this arrangement. As a victim of domestic violence, she feared the escalation of her husband's aggression, especially with looming divorce proceedings. More than just her immediate safety, she was concerned about the future, specifically the inheritance rights of her children from her previous marriage.


The base of the challenge lay in the joint tenancy designation of the matrimonial home. Should anything unfortunate befall our client, the right of survivorship would ensure that the husband inherited the entirety of the property, potentially sidelining her children's inheritance rights. This looming possibility was not just a legal concern, but also an emotional one, as our client sought to ensure her children's future security.

KLG Barristers and Solicitors, with a deep understanding of property rights and the sensitivities involved, took swift action. We assisted the client in severing the joint tenancy, transitioning the property designation to "tenants in common." This alteration meant that each party owned a distinct share of the property, allowing them the freedom to allocate their portion as they saw fit, independent of the other.

Thanks to our dedicated efforts, the joint tenancy designation was successfully changed to tenants in common on the title of the property. This crucial change ensured that, should anything happen to our client, her share of the property would be inherited by her children from her previous marriage. Through this outcome, KLG Barristers and Solicitors reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding the rights and wishes of its clients, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.


KLG Barristers & Solicitors operates an environment wherein lawyers and paralegals collaborate in an associative manner as opposed to a partnership, enhancing the efficacy of our legal services.

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