If two or more people own property jointly with rights of survivorship and one of the owners should die, the deceased owner's share of the property automatically passes to the surviving owners.
This arrangement for joint ownership is in contrast to the arrangement known as tenants-in-common, in which a deceased owner's share becomes part of his or her estate and can be sold or distributed to heirs according to the terms of his or her will.
Couples who own their own home jointly often opt for right of survivorship to allow the surviving partner to enjoy full ownership rights to their home.
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