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I want to avoid a lawsuit, I want to make it clear once and for all, in writing that he is 20% owner and he has no right to force a sale or do anything with property which is solely under my control and ownership. I want this behind me. This is my blood brother who I sleep under the same roof with.
Hi again.If you want to avoid a lawsuit by making it quite clear that your brother owns 20%, then you can give a quit claim deed for 20% of the property, and he can record it in the land records. However, as a 20% owner he would have the right to force a partition. In other words, the law does not force a person to continue to own property with another person. You would have the option of buying your brother's share so that the property is not sold.As an aside, you've contradicted yourself just a bit. You stated that you want to "make it clear once and for all, in writing that he is 20% owner," but later in the same sentence you wrote "he has no right to force a sale or do anything with property which is solely under my control and ownership." Is he an owner or not? It sounds like you're not quite certain about it yourself, and that may be why your brother has taken this action. If he is an owner, then the property is not solely under your control and ownership, and your brother has various rights. Conversely, if the property is solely under your control and ownership, then your brother is obviously not an owner. This confusion may be the root of the problem.Does that answer your question? Please let me know if you need clarification, as I am happy to continue helping you until you are satisfied. Also, your positive feedback is much appreciated. Thank you for using our service! If you would like to direct additional legal questions to me in the future, then please type "To VAMD" in the subject line of your question.