Legal Q&A: Title

Q: I am the listing agent on a contract where the seller recently got married. The new wife’s name is not on the title. Does it need to be?

A: Not necessary anymore. The District of Columbia abolished dower and curtesy several years ago, so a husband or a wife can now own property in their own name and sell it without the necessity of having the other spouse sign the deed. But you must make absolutely sure that the wife is not on title. Do not rely just on the husband’s say so.