tenancy by the entirety

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  • A special form of ownership that can only be formed between a husband and wife. When a married couple owns real property as tenants by the entirety, their interests in the property are equal, and each has a right to occupy and use the entire property. Neither spouse, acting alone, may sell his/her share of the property as long as the other spouse is alive. A tenancy of the entirety carries the right of survivorship; when one spouse dies, the deceased spouse's share of the property passes to the surviving spouse.
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