2019 West Virginia Code
Chapter 36. Estates and Property
Article 12. Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act
§36-12-13. Effect of Transfer on Death Deed at Transferor's Death

Universal Citation: WV Code § 36-12-13 (2019)

(a) Except as otherwise provided in the transfer on death deed in this article, section six, article one, chapter forty-one of this code, section three, article three, chapter forty-one of this code, article three, chapter forty-two of this code, section two, article four, chapter forty-two of this code or article five, chapter forty-two of this code, on the death of the transferor the following rules apply to property that is the subject of a transfer on death deed and owned by the transferor at death:

(1) Subject to subdivision (2) of this subsection, the interest in the property is transferred to the designated beneficiary in accordance with the deed.

(2) The interest of a designated beneficiary is contingent on the designated beneficiary surviving the transferor. The interest of a designated beneficiary that fails to survive the transferor lapses.

(3) Subject to subdivision (4) of this subsection, concurrent interests are transferred to the beneficiaries in equal and undivided shares with no right of survivorship.

(4) If the transferor has identified two or more designated beneficiaries to receive concurrent interests in the property, the share of one which lapses or fails for any reason is transferred to the other, or to the others in proportion to the interest of each in the remaining part of the property held concurrently.

(b) Subject to article two, chapter thirty-nine and chapter thirty-eight of this code, a beneficiary takes the property subject to all conveyances, encumbrances, assignments, contracts, mortgages, liens and other interests to which the property is subject at the transferor's death. For purposes of this subsection, article two, chapter thirty-nine and chapter thirty-eight of this code, the recording of the transfer on death deed is deemed to have occurred at the transferor's death.

(c) If a transferor is a joint owner and is:

(1) Survived by one or more other joint owners, the property that is the subject of a transfer on death deed belongs to the surviving joint owner or owners with right of survivorship; or

(2) The last surviving joint owner, the transfer on death deed is effective.

(d) A transfer on death deed transfers property without covenant or warranty of title even if the deed contains a contrary provision.

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