Tenants by Entireties Ownership of Automobiles

Two spouses can own an automatible as tenants by entireites.

Florida law says that when co-owners title a vehicle using the conjunction “or” the vehicle shall be held in joint tenancy (not tenants by entireties).

When a married couple owns a car as husband and wife, then upon the death of the first spouse to die, ownership automatically passes to the survivor, and the car ownership is considered to be owned as tenants by entireties. Automatic transfers upon death to a co-owner are known legally as “survivorship” of title.

In Beal Bank, the Florida Supreme Court said clearly that survivorship of title is a necessary element of tenancy by the entireties.

Jon Alper

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