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Agreements Between Co-Owners of Property

Helping to establish a working framework for owning property with other people.

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Protecting your important investment starts with consulting an experienced Wisconsin attorney. We can help you establish a clear, concise and effective agreement between co-owners of property.

Agreements between co-owners of property in are essential to outline the rights, responsibilities, and expectations of each party. These agreements can help prevent misunderstandings, disputes, and financial losses. There are various types of agreements, significant provisions to include, and benefits of having a written agreement. The lack of an agreement can lead to problems, and the role of an attorney is vital in preparing a comprehensive and legally sound agreement.

Having a well-drafted agreement between co-owners of property is essential to protect each party's interests, prevent disputes, and ensure compliance with relevant laws. Consulting with an experienced Wisconsin attorney can help create a comprehensive and legally sound agreement that addresses the specific needs of the co-owners.

Looking to read more about agreements between co-owners of property, please see our Guide to agreements below.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss the vaious forms of agreements available and the many customized options for your particular situation. 

A Wisconsin Attorney's Guide to 
Agreements Between Co-Owners of Property

Types of Agreements We Prepare:

  1. Joint Tenancy Agreement: In this agreement, co-owners have an equal ownership interest in the property, and upon the death of one owner, their share is automatically transferred to the surviving owners.

  2. Tenancy in Common Agreement: This type of agreement involves co-owners having separate and distinct ownership interests in the property. Often used when owners have unequal shares in the property or when, upon the death of an owner, they do not want their share in the property to automatically transfer to the surviving owner. Additionally, these agreement may include, but are not required to include, provisions to allow each owner to sell, transfer, or encumber their share without affecting the other owners.

Significant Provisions in Agreements:

  1. Ownership Interests: Clearly define each co-owner's percentage of ownership in the property.

  2. Rights and Responsibilities: Outline the rights and responsibilities of each co-owner regarding maintenance, repairs, improvements, and property management.

  3. Financial Contributions: Detail the division of expenses, such as mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs.

  4. Dispute Resolution: Include a clause for resolving disputes, such as mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

  5. Transfer of Ownership: Specify the procedure for selling or transferring an owner's interest in the property, including rights of first refusal and buyout provisions.


Benefits of Having an Agreement:

  1. Clarity: A written agreement provides a clear understanding of each co-owner's rights and responsibilities.

  2. Conflict Prevention: Well-drafted agreements can prevent disputes by addressing potential issues before they arise.

  3. Financial Protection: Agreements can protect co-owners from unexpected financial burdens resulting from another owner's actions.

  4. Legal Compliance: A properly drafted agreement ensures that the co-ownership structure complies with applicable laws and regulations.


Problems Resulting from the Lack of an Agreement:

  1. Disputes: Without a written agreement, misunderstandings and disagreements can arise, leading to costly litigation.

  2. Unfair Financial Burdens: In the absence of a written agreement, one owner may end up bearing a disproportionate share of expenses.

  3. Difficulty in Transferring Ownership: Without clear provisions for transferring ownership, selling or transferring a share of the property can be challenging and contentious.


Role of an Attorney in Preparing the Agreement:

  1. Legal Expertise: An attorney provides knowledge of relevant laws and regulations to ensure compliance and protect co-owners' interests.

  2. Customization: An attorney can draft a tailored agreement that addresses the specific needs and concerns of the co-owners.

  3. Dispute Prevention: Attorneys can identify potential issues and include provisions to minimize the risk of disputes.

  4. Negotiation Assistance: An attorney can provide guidance and representation during negotiations, ensuring that each party's interests are protected.

Contact us

to discuss how we may assist you in preparing your agreements between co-owners of property or to answer any questions you may have about our fees, our process and our service. We look forward to helping you.

call us at:  608.218.4030

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