2019 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 700. Interests in property.
700.17 Classification and characteristics of certain concurrent interests.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 700.17 (2019)

700.17 Classification and characteristics of certain concurrent interests.

(1) Classification of concurrent interests. Interests in property may be owned concurrently by 2 or more persons as joint tenants or as tenants in common. A joint tenancy or tenancy in common established exclusively between spouses after the determination date is classified as provided under s. 766.60 (4) (b).

(2) Characteristics of joint tenancy.

(a) Each of 2 or more joint tenants has an equal interest in the whole property for the duration of the tenancy, irrespective of unequal contributions at its creation. On the death of one of 2 joint tenants, the survivor becomes the sole owner; on the death of one of 3 or more joint tenants, the survivors are joint tenants of the entire interest. If a survivor disclaims under s. 854.13 (2) (b), the joint tenancy is severed as of the date of death with respect to the disclaimed interest.

(am) Survivorship under par. (a) is governed by s. 854.03 (2).

(b) If a joint tenant unlawfully and intentionally kills another joint tenant of the same property, the disposition of the deceased joint tenant's interest in the joint tenancy is governed by s. 854.14.

(3) Characteristics of tenancy in common. Each of 2 or more tenants in common has an undivided interest in the whole property for the duration of the tenancy. There is no right of survivorship incident to a tenancy in common, but a remainder may be created to vest ownership in the survivor of several persons who own as tenants in common other preceding interests, such as a life interest, in the same property.

History: 1971 c. 66; 1981 c. 228; 1985 a. 37; 1987 a. 222; 1995 a. 360; 1997 a. 188; 1999 a. 85.

NOTE: As to sub. (1), see notes in 1985 Wis. Act 37, marital property trailer bill.

Rental income must be attributed to joint tenants in proportion to ownership. McManus v. Department of Revenue, 91 Wis. 2d 682, 283 N.W.2d 576 (1979).

Concurrent ownership; joint tenancy and tenancy in common. Talsky, 55 MLR 321.

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