What steps do we need to take to clear the title if we have 9 family members on the title to some real property and some of them are deceased?

You need the assistance of an attorney who specializes in real estate and probate law. She can arrange to have the title to the land examined. That is the first step in determining the status of the title and what needs to be done to clear it.

If the property is owned by the group as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, upon the death of an owner their interest passes automatically to the surviving owners. If the property is held by the group as tenants in common, upon the death of an owner their estate must be probated and their interest would pass under the terms of their Will or by the laws of intestacy to their heirs at law.


You should address the situation as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more it will cost to clear the title.