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DEAR BOB: Many years ago, my mother and her sister bought a rural property together as an investment. It turned out to be a very profitable farm property, which was rented to an adjoining farmer for a share of his annual crop profits. As a result, my mother and her sister received superb annual payments. However, my mother died in July 2003. Since then, her sister claims all the crop profits received from the tenant-farmer go to her. My mother left no will. As the only surviving child of my mother, shouldn't I be entitled to half of the tenant rent? – Daniel D. DEAR DANIEL: The answer depends on how your late mother and her sister held title to the property. If it was held in joint tenancy with right of survivorship, then your mother's sister is the surviving joint tenant who is entitled to full ownership without probate. You then receive nothing. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. However, if they held title as tenants in common, then your mother's title passes according to h...