Confusion surrounds joint tenancy for married couple

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DEAR BOB: Recently I told my lawyer to include the name of my wife on my home as "joint tenancy with right of survivorship." But when I read the quit claim deed, it says "tenancy by the entireties." Is this the same thing? – Juan A. DEAR JUAN: No. Tenancy by the entireties is a special version of holding title as joint tenancy with right of survivorship. It is allowed only when a husband and wife hold title to real estate in some states. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The legal result is the signatures of both spouses are required to sell or encumber tenancy by the entireties property. When one spouse dies, the surviving spouse then owns the entire property, the same as with joint tenancy. The deceased's will has no effect on either joint tenancy or tenancy by the entireties property. By comparison, if title is held in joint tenancy, one joint tenant can usually convey or encumber his/her share alone (thus breaking up the joint tenancy and creating a tenancy in common withou...