March 18, 2017

I’m sure many of you have run into this situation and how uncomfortable it can be:  It is the day of closing, you show up at the attorney’s office, and the seller is asked “Are you married?” 

The answer is yes, and the seller is informed that their spouse will need to sign the deed. 

More often than not the seller’s response is, “It’s my property! Why does my spouse need to sign the Deed?” 

Knowing the reasons behind this requirement may help to ease this uncomfortable situation or prevent it all together. 

Oftentimes, the seller acquired their property before marriage, by gift or the property was inherited. 

The reasons that the seller may not want th...

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