The MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant to former University of Wisconsin law professor Thomas Wilson Mitchell. Professor Mitchell is the driving force behind the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act of 2010. This Uniform Act has been introduced in Nebraska, but no action has yet been taken.
The problem is that some people die without a will and then the real estate is not probated. Heirs then end up as tenants in common. In some cases, a stranger will purchase an undivided interest in the real estate and force a partition sale. Not good!
Another solution is a quiet title action. I had to file one in Saunders County and there were many heirs. It was a mess.
But have no fear! If you have a will, then the tenants in common problem can be avoided. Better yet, with a revocable living trust there is none of the delay and expense of probate.